Ford announces production of medium-duty trucks is shifting to NE Ohio

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AVON LAKE, Ohio — Ford is shifting the assembly of its medium-duty pickup trucks from Mexico to a plant in Avon Lake, west of Cleveland.

A press event was held Wednesday morning featuring Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Ford president Joe Hinrichs, and others.

The company said it is starting production of new Ford F-650/F-750 trucks on Wednesday at its Ohio Assembly Plant. It's the first time the trucks are being built in the U.S.

The move announced in March was part of a pledge Ford made with union leaders in 2011 to shift medium-duty truck production from Mexico. The company said it invested $168 million in the plant to make the change.

The 2016 F-650/F-750 models will be available for sale this summer.

FOX 8 reported back in March of 2014 that the 1600 employees at the plant will build the trucks.

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