Ford Motor Company will invest nearly $200 million and add 450 new jobs at its Cleveland Engine Plant where the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will be produced.
“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. 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, ” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas.
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.
Ford says overall employment at the Valencia plant will not be impacted, as some employees from the engine plant will be transferred to Valencia Assembly Plant where the C-MAX, Kuga, Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect models are being made.
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.