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Ford invests $1.6 billion in US plants

Livonia transmission plant gets $1.4 billion; rest to Ohio assembly

Published: April 27, 2016, 2:30 AM
Updated: May 11, 2016, 2:53 PM

Ford heavy truck assembly in Ohio

Ford has announced a $1.6 billion US investment in its Transmission plant in Livonia, Michigan and its F-Series SuperDuty truck assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, as part of the company’s 4-year $9 billion commitment to US operations.

The Livonia facility currently employs 1,550 workers to build the 6-speed used in Mustang, F-150, Expedition and Transit, and in the next couple months will start producing the new 10-speed transmission that will be used in the F-150s, starting with the new Raptor.

The Ohio Assembly Plant employs more than 1,650 people building the F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations, as well as E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis. It was also recently announced as the new source of F-650 and F-750, which moved production from Mexico.

“I am thrilled that through our collective bargaining with Ford we were able to secure a substantial investment for the communities of Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio,” said Jimmy Settles, a United Auto Workers vice president. “The men and women of both Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly have shown a great commitment to manufacturing quality products, and we look forward to their continued success.”

The investment will reportedly create or save 650 hourly employees at the plants. Broken down, $1.4 billion will go to Livonia (and create or secure 500 jobs) and $200 million (150 jobs) to Avon Lake. It’s part of a commitment of $9 billion (announced earlier in 2016) to create or preserve 8,500 manufacturing jobs in the US through to the end of the decade.

That will bring the total of Ford’s investment in the US auto industry to $21 billion over the decade, having invested $12 billion (and created 28,000 jobs) since 2010.

“We are proud that Ford employs more hourly workers and builds more vehicles in the United States than any other automaker,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are committed to manufacturing in the United States, as we have been for more than 100 years.”