Ford announced today that it is investing $1.6 billion into two U.S. plants: Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly.
Ford will pour $1.4 billion into its Livonia, Michigan plant in order to produce their new 10-speed transmission, which will be used in the 2017 Raptor and other F-150 models. The move will add 500 workers to the suburban Detroit plant. This transmission was codeveloped with General Motors.
Ford will also put $200 million into its Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake. This will add 150 workers to the plant. The addition of workers is essential for the start of F-Series Super Duty chassis cab and cutaway production that Ford announced a few months ago. Avon Lake also produces the E-Series chassis cab and cutaway and the F-650 and F-750 heavy trucks.
Ford notes that this investment is part of its commitment to provide $9 billion and 8,500 blue collar jobs in the United States over the next four years. Ford has added 2,800 jobs in the U.S. in the past 5 months.