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Ford Motor Co. formally announced today an expansion that will create about 350 new jobs at the Stamping Plant in the Town of Hamburg.

A $150 million investment will expand production and create the need for a third shift to handle the increased capacity, the company said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on hand for the announcement at the plant, praised the workers at the facility for their efficiency, and noted that the state was putting $7 million toward the project.

“This investment in the plant will make sure that the 680 jobs we have in the plant will still be here... and 350 new jobs will be created,” Cuomo said.

The plant will begin making more than 25 new sub-assemblies including hoods, doors and fenders, more than 500 new dies and a new blanking line will open, as well as equipment upgrades and refurbishing to support future products programs, the company said.

“The job additions at Buffalo Stamping Plant are a combination of new workers, transfers and employees coming back from temporary leave,” the company said in a release.

The plant produces doors, quarter panels, hoods, fenders and other stamped parts for the Ford F-250, F-350, Flex, Edge, Focus and Econoline, as well as the Lincoln MKX and MKT.

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