Ford Motor Company is expected to invest $168 million in Northern Ohio and move production of two new medium-duty truck models from Mexico to Ohio. Ford will assemble the F-650 and F-750 models at its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, according to U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur.
“A great victory for Avon Lake and Northern Ohio,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “Such an achievement is a glowing testament to the relationship between Ford and the United Auto Workers. Their cooperation ensures that our region will be a force in motor vehicle manufacturing for many years to come.”
Congresswoman Kaptur noted the production shift resulted directly from the collective bargaining agreement that was negotiated by Ford and the UAW in 2011. “Shifting production of the 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to Ohio Assembly Plant helps secure a solid future for the dedicated workers at this facility,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of The Americas and a Northern Ohio native.
The Ohio Assembly Plant, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, currently produces the E-Series of cargo and passenger vans and other commercial vehicles. Ford said that cargo and passenger van production will end later this year, although cutaway vans and stripped chassis will continue to be built in Ohio throughout decade. A new Ford Transit will replace the E-series vans and will begin production this spring in Kansas City.
Ford this week announced that the F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks will now include a V-8 turbodiesel with a six-speed transmission.