Ford Motor Co.’s announcement that it plans to invest $145 million into the production of an “all-new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine family,” is expected to not only give a major shot in the arm for sales of its 2017 F-150 pickup, as well as a new F-150 Raptor (the 1st to be built since 2014), but create or lock in jobs for 150 employees at its Brook Park Ohio plant (outside of Cleveland).
Referred to as, Cleveland Engine Plant number 1 the site opened in 1951, to produce Ford’s first overhead valve engine, the Lincoln V8. It was later the site of production for the Ford 335 engine, commonly called the “Cleveland”. It also produced many of the “5.0” V8 engines used through the 1980s and 1990s, with the last produced in 2000. The demise of the 5.0 was to also be the end for CEP1, but Ford instead invested $350 million to refurbish it to handle production of the Duratec 30 for the Ford Freestyle, Ford Five Hundred, and Mercury Montego. Although the plant was shut down in 2007, it reopened 2-years later and currently manufacturers the company’s current 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine for the Ford F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex and Taurus, and supports more than 1,500, who have built more than 1 million EcoBoost engines there since 2009.
The new move is part of Ford’s commitment to invest $9 billion in its U.S. plants as part of the company’s 2015 collective bargaining agreement with the UAW.