By Jeff Gilbert

DEARBORN (WWJ) — Ford is poised to hire 2200 salaried workers this year. The company hasn’t done this type of white-collar hiring in more than a decade.

“Our One Ford plan is designed to create profitable growth, and our new hiring is a direct result of our plan working,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “As we expand our product lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles, we need more people in critical areas – such as in a range of engineering activities, vehicle production, computer software and other IT functions – to ensure we deliver the vehicles people want and value.”

INTERVIEW: WWJ’s Jeff Gilbert talks with Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs.

Ford isn’t saying how many of these jobs will be in Michigan. But the majority of Ford’s salaried employees are in locations here in the Detroit area.

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The company will also use social media, including Facebook and Twitter to recruit the new workers.

This is in addition to 8100 combined hourly and salaried jobs added at Ford in 2012. Ford says it’s more than halfway to its goal of adding 12 thousand new jobs in the U.S. by the time its current contract with the UAW expires in 2015.

“We are proud to expand our U.S. manufacturing operations in line with our aggressive new product introductions – and to create more jobs,” said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing. “This would not be possible without the cooperation of our UAW partners. By working together, we have crafted labor agreements that improve our competitiveness and allow us to bring jobs back to Ford and the U.S.”

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