Ford is now building medium-duty trucks in the U.S. for the first time after moving production of its all-new F-650/F-750 models from Mexico to Ohio. The shift occurred just last month, representing a $168 million plant investment in the country and the preservation of more than 1,000 hourly United Auto Worker jobs.
The American manufacturer announced its plans to shift production of the new 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 commercial vehicles to its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake last year as part of a collective bargaining agreement with the United Auto Workers union that was negotiated in 2011.
“Building these world-class vehicles in America helps secure jobs for more than 1,000 UAW members and provides economic growth for the Avon Lake community,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director.
On a similar note, Ford president Joe Hinrichs stated that “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’s investment in the plant not only represents the production of its all-new medium-duty trucks on American soil, but also the addition of a new body shop and tooling to help build the vehicles. The automaker says its 41-year-old Avon Lake-based facility is one of the largest employers in Lorain County, which used to produce the now-discontinued E-series van.
The facility is now home to the newly available 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750, offered in regular, super, and crew cab body styles and which can be equipped with a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel or 6.8-liter V-10 gas engine.