Ford recently confirmed its plan to add 450 new jobs at a plant in Ohio to boost production of the 2-liter EcoBoost engine.
Ford will invest $200 million at its Brook Plant facility located near Cleveland, to manufacture 2-liter engines from 2014, for North American vehicles like the Escape SUV and the Fusion midsize sedan.
“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,” Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs said in a statement.
Ford currently builds its 2-liter EcoBoost engine at the plant in Valencia, Spain, which will continue manufacturing these engines for Europe, but some of its employees will be transferred to a nearby facility. The US automaker introduced the EcoBoost series in 2009, but now it needs more engines for high-volume vehicles such as the F-150 and the Fusion. More and more customers choose the EcoBoost engines, as they offer higher performance and fuel efficiency.
“I think the supply is basically against the wall, based on demand,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president at Troy-based research firm LMC Automotive. “As the EcoBoost technology and brand itself catches on, it is what’s driving these types of decisions.”