Ford’s Buffalo Stamping Plant celebrates major growth

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – From the outside, the Buffalo Stamping Plant looks the same as always. But inside, it’s clear there have been a lot of changes, seeing more employees and work for more vehicles.

“I mean, we are putting out more parts than we ever have,” Plant Manager David Buzo said.

Back in 2013, Ford announced that it was going to invest $150 million in this plant and add 350 jobs to support production of the new Edge vehicles. Today, the plant has gone well beyond that, doubling its number of employees in just the last couple of years.

“Right now our total population is just under a thousand people and we’re still putting in some of the sub assemblies for some of the newer work we’ve got coming in,” Buzo said.

The 2.5 million square foot plant now manufactures parts for the Ford Focus, Edge, Flex, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-650, F-750, Econoline, Mustang, and Lincoln MKX and MKT. Those pieces are used in vehicles all over the world. Workers here are even making parts for right-hand drive Edges in Europe.

“There are a lot of great things happening in here. The whole place is being uplifted with this work,” said the president and chairman of UAW Local 897, Dale Rogers, adding that the new employees here represent a full spectrum of ages and backgrounds.

For those who are a part of the positive momentum, it’s a good feeling, and the future looks bright. “Next, hopefully some more hiring. We always try to get more work. We don’t want to stop that,” Rogers said, adding that for every single job that is created here at the Buffalo Stamping Plant, that creates nine more jobs at companies elsewhere.

“It is good to see what all it’s doing for employment in the area. It is good to see what it is doing for the local community. And of course all the merchants that get to benefit from all this added work,” Buzo explained.

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