According to a source with knowledge of the plans, Ford plans to shift production of its medium-duty trucks from the current location in Mexico to the United States.
While a Ford spokesperson did not comment on the planning of the move, the company first laid plans for the switch with the UAW in 2011, when it announced it would pour $128 million into the Ohio Assembly Plant – aiming to start producing there the F53 motor home chassis and F59 commercial stripped chassis.
Mark Fields, then Ford’s president of the Americas, said, back in 2011, “By moving our commercial vehicle production in-house, we will be able to streamline and strengthen the engineering and manufacturing of our next-generation medium-duty trucks.”
The source said Ford will move at its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, near Cleveland the production of the F-650 and F-750 trucks, with the actual timetable set for late this year or early in 2015. Currently the plant manufactures the E-Series vans which will soon be replaced by the new Ford Transit.