Ford invests $145M, creates 150 jobs at Cleveland Engine
Ford Motor Co. said Friday it’s investing $145 million and creating 150 jobs at its Cleveland Engine Plant for the next generation of its 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
The Dearborn automaker uses the current 3.5-liter engine in its F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex and Taurus. The second-generation engine will at least power the F-150 and the 2017 Raptor; Ford declined to confirm if it will be used again for the vehicles outside the F-150 family.
The automaker promised the United Auto Workers it would invest $150 million at the Cleveland plant over the course of its four-year pact with the union. In addition to the next-generation 3.5-liter, Ford will also update its 3.7-liter TiVCT and 2.0- and 2.3-liter GTDI engines, its UAW contract says.
Cleveland Engine employs about 1,500 workers and has produced more than 1 million EcoBoost engines since 2009.
“This is very exciting news for the hardworking men and women of Cleveland Engine Plant and the Ohio community as a whole,” Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department, said in a statement. “The team at Cleveland Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for the all-new F-150 Raptor.”
The Raptor-unique 3.5-liter engine will get more than the 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque achieved by the current 6.2-liter V-8 engine, Ford has said. The Raptor will come with a 10-speed transmission and will go on sale this fall.
Ford introduced its well-marketed turbocharged engine as a 3.5-liter V-6 on the 2009 Taurus SHO. Since then, its EcoBoost lineup has grown to include nine different engine sizes that can be found on every Ford light-duty passenger vehicle except for the C-Max hybrid.
The automaker sold more than 1 million EcoBoost engines in a single year for the first time in 2015.