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By this time early next year, Ford’s F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks will once again be made in the U.S.
After unveiling the 2016 models of the work trucks last week, Ford has announced that it will shift their production from Mexico to the U.S. in early 2015.
Ford says the shift is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011.
Ford is investing $168 million to retool the Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland for the added production. The plant opened in 1974 and currently produces the E-Series lineup of vans and other commercial vehicles.
Production of the E-Series vans will end later this year and be replaced by the 2015 Ford Transit which starts production this spring in Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. Meanwhile, E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis will continue to be built in Ohio.
“Shifting production of the 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to Ohio Assembly Plant helps secure a solid future for the dedicated workers at this facility,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a prepared statement. “Building these trucks in-house will utilize our expertise from our other tough truck and commercial vehicle lines to give our customers a better product at a competitive price.”
The new trucks will feature the second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel, paired with a medium-duty six-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. The powertrain will offer three horsepower and torque levels and a five-year/250,000 mile limited warranty.