Ford Shifts Truck Production to Northeast Ohio
AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Ford Motor Co. announced it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant in Avon Lake.
The automaker says it is shifting production from Mexico to Northeast Ohio with production set to begin early next year.
The move announced Friday is part of a pledge Ford made with union leaders in 2011 to shift medium-duty truck production from Mexico.
The company says it’s investing $168 million to make the change.
U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) praised Ford, calling it “a great victory for Avon Lake and Northern Ohio.”
“Such an achievement is a glowing testament to the relationship between Ford and the United Auto Workers. Their cooperation ensures that our region will be a force in motor vehicle manufacturing for many years to come,” Kaptur said.
She also noted the production shift was the result of a collective bargaining agreement negotiated by Ford and the UAW in 2011.
The assembly plant currently makes the E-Series of cargo and passenger vans plus other commercial vehicles.