March 7, 2014
Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., has announced that production of its all-new 2016 F-650® and F-750® medium-duty trucks will shift from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant starting early next year, with the trucks on sale in spring 2015. The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011.
The automaker is investing $168 million to retool the Cleveland-area plant to prepare for the production shift. Ohio Assembly Plant currently produces Ford E-Series® vans and other commercial vehicles. Cargo and passenger van production there will end later this year, while E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis will continue to be built in Ohio through most of the decade.
Replacing E-Series vans is the all-new 2015 Ford Transit®, which starts production this spring at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.