As promised in May, Ford Motor Company began a third assembly line shift Monday at the Claycomo Plant.
The 900-worker expansion brings the total of rank and file UAW jobs to some 4,500. The emphasis of the additional team will be making the F-150 pickup.
Plant manager Dan Jowiski said potential workers went through pre-interview testing to see if they were qualified to do the job. That was in late April, just before Ford started beefing up the force.
Jowiski cited strong company ties to the area when the jobs were announced this spring.