Having revealed the all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks at NTEA, Ford has also announced that it will shift production of the vehicles from Mexico to the Ohio Assembly Plant starting early 2015.
The move is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011, with The Blue Oval’s announcement confirming its plans to move forward with the plan for the Ohio Assembly Plant plant, which currently builds the E-Series line of vans and commercial vehicles. The Cleveland-area facility first opened in 1974 and will see a $168 million investment for retooling. Given that E-Series cargo and passenger van production is scheduled to end later this year at the plant, the arrival of the medium-duty trucks to the facility should bring a smile to quite a few workers at the plant.
To note, E-Series cutaway vans and striped chassis will continue to be built in Ohio through most of the decade, while the E-Series vans will be replaced by the all-new and global 2015 Transit Connect, which starts production this spring at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.
Ford’s medium-duty 2016 F-650 and F-750 are set for an on-sale date of spring 2015, with production due to commence around that time.