DEARBORN, Mich: To meet the increasing consumer demand for the award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, Ford Motor Company will invest almost $200 million into its Engine Plant in Cleveland which will also add 450 new jobs.
Joe Hinrichs,the president of Ford in The Americas said, “Cleveland Engine Plant was the first to produce EcoBoost engines and will continue to be a cornerstone of Ford’s strategy to deliver affordable fuel economy for millions.”
With the implementation 8,100 salaried positions and hourly jobs were created in the United States in 2012, which included 1,000 in-sourced hourly positions. Ford is over halfway to its goal of creating 12,000 hourly positions in the United States by 2015 to support new investment and products. As well, Ford announced in January its intentions of hiring 2,200 salaried workers in the United States this year to fill important areas such as IT, Product Development, and Manufacturing.
North American production of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is now based in Valencia, Spain. The Cleveland investment will transfer North American production to Ohio, and Ford’s Valencia Engine Plant will remain the exclusive location for Ford Euorpean-built 2.0-liter EcoBoost vehicles. Spain will continue to manufacture and ship parts to North America.
Overall the staff at the Valencia plant won’t be impacted by Ford’s $200 million investment into the plant in Cleveland. The Engine plant located in Valencia will transfer some of its employees to the Assembly Plant in Valencia to assist with the increased production for the Tourneo Connect, C-MAX, Transit Connect, and Kuga.