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Ford starts production of two engines in Ohio

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. said Friday it has begun production at its Cleveland Engine Plant of two engines for the first time in North America, including a new 2-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost engine.

The plant is now producing the twin-scroll 2-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines. Ford in 2013 added $200 million in investment and 450 new jobs at the Cleveland plant to help meet demand for EcoBoost engines and in a move to assemble the engines regionally.

Ford previously produced the twin-scroll 2-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine for North America at its plant in Valencia, Spain. That plant will continue to produce 2-liter EcoBoost engines for Ford vehicles built in Europe and will continue to machine and ship components for Ohio built engines.

The twin-scroll 2-liter EcoBoost engine is available on the redesigned 2015 Ford Edge, which Ford is launching in the first quarter. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is available on the 2015 Ford Mustang, Ford Explorer and Lincoln MKC vehicles.

Cleveland Engine employs about 1,300 workers who also build the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V-6 engines.

“With more than 4 million EcoBoost-powered vehicles on the road today, Cleveland Engine has been at the forefront of our plan to provide our customers with fuel-efficient, affordable engines,” Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president of North American manufacturing, said in a statement.

Ford said the plant in Brook Park has produced more than 1 million EcoBoost engines since 2009 when the automaker introduced the fuel-saving engines. The EcoBoost engines combine turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing to help with fuel economy.

Production of the 2-liter engine at the Cleveland plant previously had been slated to start by the end of 2014.

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