US: Ford upgrades its Cleveland engine plant image

The Detroit-based automaker is making a further investment into its US engine plant in Cleveland to support production of the second-generation of the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine family.

Ford have always believed that its EcoBoost technology is the way to go for its engines to cut on emissions and fuel levels, while still providing a proper push for its cars. Total sales of EcoBoost powered Ford vehicles were up nearly 50 percent last year and Ford expected 2015 to be the first year in which Blue Oval models fitted with this technology exceeded 1 million sales in the United States. F-150, Escape and Fusion are the top-selling EcoBoost-powered Ford vehicles, a family engine that includes units from the tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinder to the 3.5-litre V6 powerplants. The company has announced a 145-million-dollar investment to upgrade its Cleveland Engine Plant, thus creating or retaining 150 jobs to support strong demand for the new second-generation 3.5-litre EcoBoost lineup for the 2017 Ford F-150 versions. The move is part of the 9-billion-dollar commitment the company made in the 2015 Ford-UAW collective bargaining agreement to invest in its US plants.

The Cleveland engine plant builds the current version of the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine, which powers the 2016 Ford F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex and Taurus. The facility, which was opened in 1951 and has more than 1,500 people, it has produced more than 1 million EcoBoosts since 2009 and it is also the output line for the 2.0-litre EcoBoost for Edge, the 2.3-litre EcoBoost for Explorer, Mustang and Lincoln MKC, as well as the 3.7-litre V6 for the rear-wheel-drive Mustang.