Ford Motor Company says August sales of the Minnesota-made Ranger pickup truck jumped 57 percent compared to last year.
Ford is planning to close the St. Paul plant where the truck is made in 2011, but has recently added overtime shifts to keep up with rising demand.
The plant employs roughly 760 workers.
July sales of the Ranger grew 65 percent compared to July of last year, partly due to the popular cash for clunkers program. Still, total Ranger sales through the first 8 months of the year are down 18 percent compared to the same period last year.