The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion is fast approaching and in order to get things ready, the Blue Oval has been rather busy. Not only has its Michigan plant opened its doors for a wealth of new employees, the facility has officially changed its name. Formerly the AutoAlliance International, the newly coined Flat Rock Assembly Plant will the hub for what could very well be a game changing midsize sedan.

With its name change, the Flat Rock facility will bring in about 1,200 all-new hourly workers for the benefit of the Fusion. The plant will continue to piece together the Mustang and will still be jointly owned by Mazda and Ford even though the 6 will no longer call Michigan home. In addition to the added production, an expansion of Flat Rock’s pant shop will take place due mostly to a $555 million investment. The 2013 Fusion will hit the market later this fall.

“By fully incorporating Flat Rock Assembly into our manufacturing system, we are able to take advantage of internal efficiencies that will streamline our ability to produce vehicles,” said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing.

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Source: Ford