Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Commemorates Launch of Ford Motor Company's 2008 Super Duty Truck in Louisville

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mandy Lambert

Ford invests $65 million in Kentucky Truck Plant to assemble truck’s interior

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Ford Motor Co. and local officials today to celebrate production of the 2008 Ford Super Duty Truck at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.  Ford has invested $65 million in the plant for a new trim line to assemble the 2008 truck’s “tough luxury” interior. 

“The launch of the 2008 Ford Super Duty Truck line in Louisville can be attributed to Ford’s faith in the quality of the Kentucky Truck Plant’s overall performance,” said Governor Fletcher. “The men and women who make up the Ford team are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to making quality, world-class products.”

The new line includes the doors-off process, which provides for improved quality and ergonomics.  Recently named Texas Truck of the Year by the Texas Auto Writers Association, the Super Duty will be available in dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2007. 

“The new Super Duty doesn’t just raise the bar for heavy duty pickups, it changes the game,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s President of the Americas, who joined Kentucky Truck employees as production began.  “Every aspect of the new line of Super Duty trucks – including capability, design and feature innovations – is the result of spending a great deal of time listening to our customers.  There’s no other family of trucks like this.”

Kentucky Truck Plant opened in 1969 and is exclusively responsible for building the Super Duty line, which includes models F-250 to F-550. The 4.6-million-square-foot facility houses approximately 24 miles of conveyor belts and employs 5,154 people.  The plant can assemble 75 vehicles an hour.  Since production began in 1969, the plant has produced more than 5 million trucks of various types.

Kentucky Truck Plant Manager Todd Bryant credits a dedicated and experienced workforce with the successful installation and launch of this new Super Duty line-up.  “This truck is a crown jewel in the Ford line-up, and all of us at Kentucky Truck Plant are proud to be the ones to build it,” said Bryant. 

“The Ford Motor Company is a long-time employer and tremendous asset to our community,” said Joe Reagan, president and chief executive officer, Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce.  “Ford’s continued commitment to Louisville and the commonwealth supports our economic development plan of building on traditional strengths in the automotive industry.”                     

For more information and high-resolution photographs of the 2008 Super Duty Truck, visit