Ford Invests Millions in Cleveland Engine Plant, Supports Growing
Customer Demand for EcoBoost Engines
-Ford plans to more than double its EcoBoost®-equipped vehicle sales
globally this year
-Production of 2.0-liter EcoBoost for North America at Cleveland
Engine Plant in Ohio to begin in late 2014
-Ford more than halfway to its goal to create more than 12,000 hourly
jobs in the U.S. by 2015
-Production of 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines for North American vehicles
moves from Valencia, Spain to Cleveland; Valencia will remain the
exclusive production location for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine for
Ford of Europe-built vehicles; There is no impact on employment at the
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 21, 2013 To meet rising consumer demand for
the award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, Ford Motor Company will
invest nearly $200 million and add 450 new jobs at its Cleveland
"This is our One Ford plan at its best giving customers the
power of choice to decide which fuel-efficient engine is best tailored
to their needs," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The
Americas. "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."
The hiring builds on the creation of more than 8,100 salaried and
hourly jobs in the U.S. last year, including 1,000 in-sourced hourly
positions. Ford is more than halfway to its goal of creating 12,000
hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015 to support new products and
investment. Additionally, the company announced last month it plans to
hire 2,200 salaried workers in the U.S. in 2013 to fill jobs in such
key areas as Product Development, Manufacturing and IT.
Production of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for North America is currently
based in Valencia, Spain. The investment in Cleveland will shift North
American production to Ohio, while Ford's Valencia Engine Plant will
remain the exclusive production location of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for
Ford of Europe-built vehicles. Valencia will continue to produce and
ship parts for these engines to North America.
Overall employment at the Valencia plant will not be impacted. The
Valencia Engine Plant will transfer some employees to Valencia
Assembly Plant to support increased production for C-MAX, Kuga,
Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect.
Ford is making the move to assemble engines regionally to help meet
rising consumer demand for the award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost and to
optimize production capabilities around the world.
Production of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will begin in North
America in late 2014. Cleveland Engine Plant currently builds the
3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 3.7-liter V6. The Ohio facility employs
approximately 1,300 people. It has built more than 500,000 3.5-liter
EcoBoost engines since 2009.
EcoBoost is the cornerstone of Ford's global engine strategy to reduce
fuel consumption and emissions. Ford will expand EcoBoost production
to 1.6 million engines this year nearly 100,000 above the previous
Delivering up to 20 percent better fuel economy than
larger-displacement engines, EcoBoost uses smaller overall size
combined with turbocharging, gasoline direct injection and variable
valve timing to bring customers outstanding performance without
sacrificing fuel economy.
This year EcoBoost will be available on more than 90 percent of North
American nameplates and by 2015, 95 percent of Ford nameplates will be
available with EcoBoost engine technology. In 2013 Ford expects to
sell more than 500,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in the U.S. a
sizeable increase over the 334,364 EcoBoost vehicles sold in 2012.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine to be built in Cleveland is currently
available in the Ford Explorer, Edge, all-new Escape and all-new
Fusion, Focus ST, Taurus and new Lincoln MKZ and MKT Livery. The
engine has won a coveted Ward's 10 Best Engines trophy each year it
has been available in North America.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company
provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.