(Avon Lake) - Ford today announced production of its all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks will shift from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant starting early next year, with the trucks on sale in spring 2015.
“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. “Building these trucks in-house will utilize our expertise from our other tough truck and commercial vehicle lines to give our customers a better product at a competitive price.”
As part of the production shift, Ford is investing $168 million to retool the Cleveland-area plant for the new medium-duty trucks.
Ohio Assembly Plant, which opened in 1974, currently produces the Ford E-Series lineup of vans and other commercial vehicles.
Ford E-Series cargo and passenger van production will end later this year, while E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis will continue to be built in Ohio through most of the decade.
Replacing E-Series vans is the all-new 2015 Ford Transit that starts production this spring at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.
The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011. Ford’s announcement today confirms the company is moving forward with the plan for Ohio Assembly Plant.
“We are extremely pleased that the dedicated, highly skilled and highly motivated UAW members of Ohio Assembly Plant have been selected to build the next-generation Ford F-650 and F-750,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director of the National Ford Department.
“We’re confident our outstanding work force will build these Ford medium-duty trucks to the highest levels of quality, reliability, dependability and craftsmanship – the factors that matter most to the demanding, hard-working owners of these vehicles.”
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) today praised the decision by Ford, saying “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.”
The Ohio Assembly Plant, celebrating 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.
(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)
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