Ford Motor Co. next Friday plans to announce more details of its manufacturing shift of medium-duty trucks from Mexico to the U.S., according to a person with knowledge of the timing.
The Dearborn automaker will build its F-650 and F-750 trucks at its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, near Cleveland. The switch is likely to take place late this year or in early 2015.
Ford currently manufactures the F-650 and F-750 in Escobedo, Mexico, through a joint-venture with Navistar International called Blue Diamond Truck LLC. That joint venture dates back to 2001.
Ohio Assembly Plant currently makes E-Series vans. The E-Series will soon be replaced by Fordís new Transit.
A Ford spokesman did not comment on the pending move.
In 2011, Mark Fields, then Fordís president of the Americas, said, ďBy 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.Ē Fields is now Fordís chief operating officer.
Fordís plans were first outlined following the 2011 contract agreement with the United Auto Workers.
That December, the automaker said it would pump $128 million into the Ohio Assembly Plant to support commercial truck production, in part to in-source production of it F53 motor home chassis and F59 commercial stripped chassis.
Workers at Ohio Assembly Plant were recently fearful that many of them would lose their jobs as E-Series production winds down. But Ford and the UAW in January came to an agreement that protects about 1,400 of the plantís 1,600 jobs.
F-650 and F-750 sales are grouped into a combined heavy trucks category.
Last year, Ford sold 8,682 vehicles in the heavy trucks category, up about 21 percent compared to the previous year.