Ford is to add 2017 F-Series Super Duty chassis cab production at its Ohio Assembly Plant, supplementing output in Kentucky.

Together with Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Assembly will produce F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations.

Opened in 1974, Ohio employs nearly 1,400 people and is one of the largest employers in Lorain County. In addition to the Super Duty chassis cab, it also builds the F-650 and F-750, E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis. 

The latest Super Duty chassis cab uses advanced materials, with a frame of high-strength steel and the body of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy. The result is up to 350 pounds of weight savings. Components such as axles, hubs and brakes are larger and stronger.

The frame is made of more than 95% high-strength steel and fully boxed from the front to the back of the cab, and an open C-channel extends all the way behind the cab to accommodate vocational needs and aftermarket body builders.

A new smart Controller Area Network (CAN) interface allows up­fitters to more easily integrate upgrades to meet their customers' needs, with six auxiliary upfitter switches available to operate a variety of powered options, such as lights, compressors or other power equipment.

Engine choices are a 6.2-litre petrol V8, 6.8-litre petrol V10, or 6.7-litre Power Stroke turbo diesel V8.

The cab/chassis are popular bases for small tour buses and airport rental car shuttles in North America.