Dearborn — About 47,000 Ford Motor Co. U.S. hourly workers will receive bonus checks totaling more than $413 million in March based on the automaker’s performance in the North American market last year.
The per-worker payout of $8,800 tops last year’s record of $8,300.
Ford earned a pre-tax profit of $8.8 billion in North America in 2013, led by strong sales of its highly profitable F-Series pickups, its Fusion midsize sedan and its Escape compact crossover.
Detroit automakers are preparing to reward U.S. hourly workers with another big round of profit-sharing checks, as North American manufacturing operations approach peak efficiency.
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