Ford spokespeople did not comment on the Detroit News’ story, but the paper says the company is planning next Friday to announce more details of the shift to America. The paper says the switch is likely to take place late 2014 or early 2015.
The Avon Lake Plant currently makes E-Series Vans, but these vans will soon be replaced by the new Ford Transit. In 2011, Ford announced a plan to invest $128 million in Northeast Ohio to support production of F53 and F59 commercial stripped chassis. In Jan. 2014, UAW Workers and the Ford Motor Co. agreed to protect 1,4000 jobs at the plan.
Ford announced it will create 450 new jobs in Cleveland building the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The engine is already found in the 2013 Ford Escape.
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.”