Ford Upgrading Cleveland Engine Plant that Supplies F-150
Investment Will Support F-150’s Second-Gen EcoBoost Engine
Ford announced that it would invest $145 million into its Cleveland Engine Plant and create 150 jobs to support production of the F-150 pickup’s second-generation EcoBoost engine family. With a high-output version of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine making another appearance in the forthcoming F-150 Raptor, the company anticipates strong demand for the engine. The big EcoBoost also shows up under the hood of the Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex, and Taurus in varying states of tune.
The company claims its customers have embraced EcoBoost technology, with 60 percent of F-150 customers choosing trucks with either the 3.5L or 2.7L twin-turbocharged V-6. The second-generation EcoBoost family will embrace higher efficiency and lower emissions, according to Ford, and the company needs additional production capacity to meet anticipated demand for the motors.
“This is very exciting news for the hardworking men and women of Cleveland Engine Plant and the Ohio community as a whole,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “The team at Cleveland Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for the all-new F-150 Raptor.”
The plant also builds the 2.0L and 2.3L EcoBoost I-4s that appear in various Ford crossovers and cars, as well as the 3.7L V-6 found in the Mustang. Cleveland Engine Plant opened in 1951 and currently employs more than 1,500 people. The $145 million investment will upgrade the plant to prepare it for the second-generation EcoBoost.