After 19 years of service, Ford's Romeo engine plant has reached the 10 millionth engine production mark, a significant milestone for the plant that supplies the powerplants for the Blue Oval's flagships F-150 and Mustang. The V-8 engines built within the Romeo plant are also placed in the Shelby GT500, Explorer, E-Series van, Crown Victoria, and Mercury Grand Marqius.
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The first engine built in the Romeo plant was a 4.6L 2V V-8 engine, built in 1990. The plant was converted from a tractor manufacturing facility, and now houses 1000 employees and 2 production lines. The high-volume line builds 4.6L 2V V-8s, 4.6L 2V Flex Fuel V-8s, and 4.6L 3V V-8s, and is capable of putting out 140 engines per hour. The HVL line stretches more than 4000 ft, or slightly over three-quarters of a mile. Eleven different models are handled for 7 different assembly plant customers, which includes plants in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and Canada, along with the Ford Customer Service Division.
The second line is a niche line, where hand-built 5.4L 4V supercharged V-8s are meticulously assembled. Along with the engines, many of the major engine components are manufactured in-house as well, including cast iron blocks, crankshafts, cylinder heads, connecting rods, camshafts, and aluminum blocks.
Quality is paramount to the lines, with production quality monitoring and in-line testing. Testing is consistently refined and error-proofed to prevent production variation. Periodic job observations and detailed management reviews constantly keep the lines running at top shape.
The 10 millionth engine, a 4.6L 3V V-8, is to be placed within a new 2010 Mustang GT.