In order to support strong demand of the second-gen 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine family for the 2017 F-150, Ford has announced a serious investment in its Cleveland powertrain facility.
The blue oval's $145 million allocation is part of the $9 billion commitment it made in the 2015 Ford-UAW collective bargaining agreement.
This deal includes create or securing 8,500 hourly jobs in communities across Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Ohio, over the next four years.
At the Cleveland Engine Plant, Ford wants to create or retain 150 jobs: "This is very exciting news for the hardworking men and women of Cleveland Engine Plant and the Ohio community as a whole. The team at Cleveland Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for the all-new F-150 Raptor", said UAW VP, National Ford Department, Jimmy Settles.
The plant opened in 1951 and employs more than 1,500 workers. It has produced more than one million EcoBoost engines since 2009 and, besides the 3.5-liter EcoBoost for the F-150, it is also in charge of the 2.0-ltier EcoBoost for the Edge, 2.3-liter EcoBoost for the Explorer, Mustang and Lincoln MKC and the 3.7-liter V6 for the Mustang.