Ford Invests $500 Million into Ohio-Built 2015 F-150 EcoBoost Engine
Ford has announced that it will invest $500 million into the Lima, Ohio assembly plant that will be responsible for manufacturing the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engines that will power the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck.
In addition to the considerable endowment for the Lima Engine Plane, Ford will add 300 new jobs to help support production of the new engine. Lima Engine Plant currently produces the 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter Duratec® V6 engines that grace the Ford Edge and Explorer and Lincoln MKX and MKZ among others.
“Lima Engine has kept Ford and Lincoln vehicles running for nearly 60 years,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president, North America manufacturing, in Ford’s press release. “Bringing production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost to Lima Engine Plant helps build a solid future both for Ford and the dedicated workers in Ohio.”
There are currently more than 900 employees at Lima Engine, where the 3-millionth Duratec V6 was built this past March 13. It is anticipated that the 40-millionth engine made in Lima will roll off the line some time later this year.
“Our truck customers have spoken, and we continue to meet their evolving needs by providing another V6 option in the all-new 2015 F-150,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “The hardworking team at Lima Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for America’s No. 1 truck.”
The Ford F-150 and the Ohio-built 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine are expected to arrive in showrooms some time later this year. When they arrive, you can expect to find the latest details about them right here at The News Wheel.