LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Ford will invest $900 million in Kentucky Truck Plant, a move expected to secure 1,000 hourly jobs to build the new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

The company said the full-size SUVs will be built at the 6 million sq. ft. plant off Chamberlain Lane and exported to more than 55 markets around the world, including China. They are expected to start appearing at dealerships in the fall.

Mayor Greg Fischer said the announcement showed Ford’s confidence in Louisville, calling it a testament to the city’s economic momentum, strong workforce, and commitment to manufacturing.

“They see a good workforce here in Louisville, a good partnership with the UAW and that Louisville is a good place for them to operate,” Fischer said. “It sends a message to the world that Louisville is the place to come for advanced manufacturing and automotive flexible manufacturing.”

This is Ford’s second major investment in Kentucky Truck Plant in recent years. The company invested $1.3 billion in the plant in 2015 and created 2,000 jobs to build the Ford Super Duty pick-up.

Gov. Matt Bevin, who is travelling outside the country, applauded the continued investment.

“The highest compliment that a business can give us is to continue to invest in Kentucky,” Bevin said in a statement. “This $900 million investment demonstrates that Ford is being successful in Kentucky and that Kentucky is attentive to the needs of business.”

Ford currently employs more than 13,500 people at its two Louisville facilities, the Louisville Assembly Plant and Kentucky Truck Plant. This latest investment is not expected to add nor decrease jobs.