The Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is expanding production and adding new jobs to the EcoBoost Engine Production Plant in Cleveland.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, spoke at the Cleveland, Ohio plant Thursday. Ford will invest nearly $200 million and add 450 jobs at the Cleveland Engine Plant. The workers will build the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which is in 95 percent of the Ford lineup.
“This is our One Ford plan at its best – giving customers the power of choice to decide which fuel-efficient engine is best tailored to their needs,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Cleveland Engine Plant was the first to produce EcoBoost engines and will continue to be a cornerstone of Ford’s strategy to deliver affordable fuel economy for millions.”
The good news was the kickoff to the Cleveland Auto Show, going on now through March 3. Ford officials carried the good spirits through the start of the show. Watch below as Liz Dwyer, regional sales manager for Ford, talks about the good news for the local economy.
Ford says increased demand for the EcoBoost engine was an important factor in the decision. This was the second consecutive year where Ford has announced local job creation at the Cleveland Auto Show. By 2015, there will be two shifts, and Ford has indicated a third shift may be in plan down the road. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine to be built in Cleveland is currently available in the Ford Explorer, Edge, all-new Escape and all-new Fusion, Focus ST, and Taurus. The engine has won Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy every year it has been available in North America.
The hiring builds on the creation of more than 8,100 salaried and hourly jobs in the U.S. last year, including 1,000 in-sourced hourly positions. Ford is more than halfway to its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015 to support new products and investment. Additionally, the company announced last month it plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers in the U.S. in 2013 to fill jobs in such key areas as Product Development, Manufacturing and IT.
Delivering up to 20 percent better fuel economy than larger-displacement engines, EcoBoost uses smaller overall size combined with turbocharging, gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing to bring customers outstanding performance without sacrificing fuel economy. Check out the Ford EcoBoost display at the Cleveland Auto Show.
Remember, choosing the Ford product helps boost our local economy. Learn more about Ford vehicles in Northeast Ohio.