Cleveland is in for a boost -- an EcoBoost, that is. Ford Motor Company announced plans on Thursday to move the production of the 2-liter EcoBoost engine for North America to Cleveland from Valencia, Spain. Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said in a statement on the Ford website, "Cleveland Engine Plant was the first to produce EcoBoost engines and will continue to be a cornerstone of Ford's strategy to deliver affordable fuel economy for millions."
In a plan designed to meet rising consumer demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, Ford will invest $200 million in the Brook Park Cleveland Engine Plant. Production of the 2-liter EcoBoost engine is expected to begin in late 2014. Plant manager Charlie Binger said the first shift on a new assembly line for the small engine will start in 2014 and a second shift will begin in early 2015, according to Cleveland.com.
This means 450 new jobs -- a much needed boost for the community. United Auto Workers Local 1250 President and Brook Park City Council President Mike Gammella said in a media session as reported by Cleveland.com, "This means a strong future for us for many years. This is absolutely huge."
Brook Park Mayor Mark Elliott was also thrilled. "As the son of a UAW worker, I understand good news. Today is not good news, it's great news," he said. According to a statement on the Ford website, these additional jobs will build on Ford's goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015.
Ford's factory in Valencia will continue to produce the 2-liter EcoBoost for all Ford vehicles built in Europe. The company announced that employment in Valencia will not be affected by the move.Sylvie Branch's family moved to Cleveland in the late '70s thanks to a Ford expansion and was supported by a good-paying job in the Ford plant for many years.
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