Ford says production of its F650/F-750 trucks at the Ohio Assembly Plant, previously built in Mexico, has secured more than 1,000 hourly UAW jobs and a US$168m plant investment in the US.
“Our investment in Ohio Assembly Plant reinforces our commitment to building vehicles in America and to delivering commercial trucks,” said Ford president, The Americas, Joe Hinrichs.
“Working with our partners in the UAW, we found a way to make the costs competitive enough to bring production of a whole new generation of work trucks to Ohio.”
Ford maintains it is the only medium-duty truck manufacturer which designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations.
In 2014, Ford announced a $168 million investment to shift production of F-650 and F-750 from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant, in addition to adding new body shop equipment and other tooling needed to produce the medium-duty vehicles.
The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011.
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“Through collective bargaining, we were able to secure production of the Ford F-650/F-750 to Ohio Assembly Plant,” said UAW vice president and director, National Ford Department, Jimmy Settles.
“Building these vehicles in America helps secure jobs for more than 1,000 UAW members and provides economic growth for the Avon Lake community.
“Strengthening the economy through job creation continues our efforts to rebuild the American middle-class and communities all across this nation.”
Opened in 1974, Ohio Assembly Plant employs nearly 1,400 people and is one of the largest employers in Lorain County.
In addition to now producing all Ford F-650 and F-750 models and configurations, the plant also produces Ford E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis.