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May 24, 2010 8:07 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Ford to invest $135M in 2 Michigan factories

Ford Motor Co. says it will invest $135 million in two Detroit-area factories to design and build parts for future electric and hybrid vehicles.

The investment will create 170 production jobs and another 50 engineering positions in the next two years. Ford says a plant in Ypsilanti Township will assemble battery packs for new electric vehicles.

A factory in Sterling Heights will make the next generation of transmissions for gas-electric hybrids. Ford Americas President Mark Fields says the transmissions now are made in Japan and the battery packs are assembled in Mexico. The company worked with the United Auto Workers union to bring the work to the United States.

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