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Ford adds Super Duty capacity to Ohio Assembly Plant

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that it will add Super Duty chassis cab capacity to its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake. Until now, Super Duty has been built at the automaker’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.

Ohio Assembly employs about 1,400 and makes F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks, Ford E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis. The new production will include F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations.

It’s unclear how many Super Duty cabs will be produced in Ohio; a Ford spokesman said the company will match capacity with customer demand.

Ford’s all-new Super Duty will go on sale late in 2016 as a 2017 model. It’s the first major update since the truck’s introduction in 1999, and is up to 350 pounds lighter than the previous model due to a switch to an aluminum body.

Last December, Ford said it would invest $1.3 billion and create 2,000 new hourly jobs at Kentucky Truck to support Super Duty production. The money will be spent on an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to the 6 million-square-foot plant. The plant employs about 4,400 who also build the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Kentucky Truck also received an $80 million Super Duty investment in 2014. It has produced more than 5 million Super Duty trucks since it was first introduced.

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