March 07, 2014

Ford to move production of all-new 2016 F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks

Ford announced 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.

As part of the production shift, Ford is investing US$ 168-million
to retool the Cleveland-area plant for the new medium-duty trucks. Ohio Assembly Plant, which opened in 1974, currently produces the Ford E-series lineup of vans and other commercial vehicles.

Ford E-series cargo and passenger van production 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 that starts production this spring at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.

"Shifting production of the 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to Ohio Assembly Plant helps secure a solid future for the dedicated workers at this facility," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of The Americas. "Building these trucks in-house will utilize our expertise from our other tough truck and commercial vehicle lines to give our customers a better product at a competitive price."

"We are extremely pleased that the dedicated, highly skilled and highly motivated UAW members of Ohio Assembly Plant have been selected to build the next-generation Ford F-650 and F-750," added Jimmy Settles, UAW Vice-President and Director of the National Ford Department.

"We're confident our outstanding work force will build these Ford medium-duty trucks to the highest levels of quality, reliability, dependability and craftsmanship - the factors that matter most to the demanding, hard-working owners of these vehicles."


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