Ford Invests $145 Million in Cleveland Engine Plant for EcoBoost Production
Ford has announced that it will pour $145 million into its Cleveland Engine Plant to support upgrades necessary to keep up with production of the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that will be added to the F-150 lineup for the 2017 model year.
The investment will also help retain 150 jobs at the plant, keeping with the automaker’s commitment to creating or securing 8,500 hourly jobs across Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Ohio over the course of four years. This commitment to job is a component of the company’s $9 billion investment in United States manufacturing as outlined in its agreement with the United Auto Workers last year.
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“This is very exciting news for the hardworking men and women of Cleveland Engine Plant and the Ohio community as a whole,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “The team at Cleveland Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for the all-new F-150 Raptor.”
A high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost will be utilized in the upcoming F-150 Raptor, and it is said to be more powerful and more efficient than the previous-generation Raptor’s 6.2-liter V8. The increased emphasis on EcoBoost technology is consistent with both the company’s direction and consumer preference.
“Ford customers have embraced EcoBoost’s unbeatable combination of power and efficiency, with more than 60% of F-150 customers choosing trucks powered by EcoBoost,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “This second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is another great example of Ford continuously improving and innovating to give these hardworking customers the best engines and trucks we can.”
Other engines currently built at Cleveland Engine Plant include the Edge’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost used in the Ford Explorer and Mustang and Lincoln MKC, and the 3.7-liter V6 used in the Mustang.
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