Ford is looking to expand it's Ohio-based manufacturing plant to create a new six-cylinder engine. Ford will be investing more than $500 million in the facility, which is located in Lima, Ohio, to upgrade equipment and add more employees.
The new six-cylinder, EcoBoost engine will become an option as an upgrade for the Ford F-150 pickup. The facility currently makes 3.5-liter and 3.70-liter Duratec V6 engines for several Ford models. The Detroit Free Press reported the investment will go to renovating 700,000 square feet of the plant. The Free Press went on to say Ford's goal is to finish these renovations by the fall and add 300 more jobs in the process. The Lima Engine Plant currently employs 900 workers.
Jimmy Settles, vice president of the United Automobile Workers, said in an interview with the Free Press these new upgrades make a better motor vehicle.
"The new jobs at Lima Engine Plant will be a major boost to the community," Settles said. "It's especially exciting that these jobs will go to support a new technology like the 2.7-liter EcoBoost for the all-new F-150."
The EcoBoost engine was introduced in 2011 and has been a hot seller over the past few years. The Free Press said Ford has sold more than 2 million automobiles that come with the EcoBoost engine. Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said consumer demand was a main reason why they are expanding the Lima plant.
"Our truck customers have spoken, and we continue to meet their evolving needs by providing another V6 option in the all-new 2015 F-150," Hinrichs said. "The hardworking team at Lima Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for America's No. 1 truck."
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