CHICAGO Ford Motor Co. plans to invest nearly $200 million and add 450 new jobs at its Cleveland engine plant to meet rising consumer demand for its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
"Cleveland Engine Plant was the first to produce EcoBoost engines and will continue to be a cornerstone of Fords strategy to deliver affordable fuel economy for millions," Joe Hinrichs, president of the automakers Americas division, said in a statement.
Production of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for the North American market is now based in Valencia, Spain. The investment in Cleveland will shift North American production to Ohio, while Fords Valencia Engine Plant will remain the exclusive 2.0-liter EcoBoost production site for Fords Europe-built vehicles. Valencia will continue to produce and ship parts for these engines to North America.
The move will not affect overall employment at the Valencia engine plant, the company said. However, some engine plant employees will be transferred to the Valencia Assembly Plant to support increased production of Fords C-MAX, Kuga, Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect models.
The domestic hiring builds on the creation of more than 8,100 salaried and hourly jobs in the United States last year, including 1,000 in-sourced hourly positions.
Ford said that it is more than halfway to its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015. The Dearborn, Mich.-based company said last month that it will hire 2,200 salaried workers in the United States this year to fill new product development, manufacturing and information technology positions (amm.com, Jan. 11).
Production of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will begin in North America in late 2014. Cleveland Engine Plant currently produces the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a 3.7-liter V6.
The Ohio plant now employs about 1,300 workers, who have built more than 500,000 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines since 2009.