LIVONIA, Mich. – ROUSH® has an ongoing commitment to automotive innovation and is ready to deliver a solution that can help our nation reduce its dependency on foreign oil, clean up the environment, and create a variety of "green-collar" jobs that could add more than $4 million in salaries to its economy.
For the past three years, with the support of the Propane Education & Research Council, ROUSH® has been investing in the future by engineering and selling propane-powered vehicles for fleet use. Currently available is a propane-powered Ford F-150 truck; this summer, a medium-duty propane-powered F-250 will also be in production. Development is underway for a propane-powered E-250 van that will be available in the summer of 2010.
Even with a modest sales volume between 5,000 and 10,000 vehicles per year on this product mix, ROUSH® would expect to create an additional 78 jobs and approximately $4 million in base salaries.
To support these vehicle builds, additional jobs would be needed in assembly, quality assurance, engineering, program management, purchasing, inventory, customer service, inside and outside sales, and marketing. Each of these areas would be incremental to what ROUSH® Performance currently already has on staff. These do not, however, account for any additional jobs created through the supply chain.
As the volume increases, so too would the proposed staffing requirements. If the sales volume were to exceed 15,000 units annually, ROUSH® would anticipate adding 158 jobs, accounting for an additional $7.8 million in base salaries.
"We never stop thinking about the future at ROUSH®. With our corporate resources we have the capability to create new products that should help stimulate the American economy as well as reduce our need for foreign oil. We are looking forward to working with the state and local governments to help grow the job base and support our Michigan economy," said Jack Roush, chairman of ROUSH® Enterprises, Inc. and co-owner/CEO of Roush Fenway Racing.
As an alternative fuel, propane offers a variety of advantages. It is available "right here, right now" with a national infrastructure already in place. Propane burns cleaner, with up to 20 percent less nitrous oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide and fewer particulate emissions. It is already the third most widely used fuel worldwide, following gasoline and diesel. Propane is 90 percent domestically produced, and as an alternate fuel, the purchase of propane-powered vehicles are eligible for a variety of federal, state, and municipal tax credits or rebates.
Based in Livonia, Mich., "The Art of Performance Engineering" takes place at ROUSH® Performance. To get a look at what goes on behind the scenes at ROUSH® and how the vehicles and parts are designed, manufactured, tested and produced, log on to www.ROUSHtv.com. For more information, see your local ROUSH® dealer, visit www.ROUSHperformance.com or telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH.