Ford begins production of commercial trucks in Ohio

Posted on 8/13/2015 10:13:33 AM

Ford Motor Co. today began construction of its medium-duty F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks at a plant in Cleveland-area.

The change to the 41-year-old plant here means that about 1,000 workers represented by the UAW will keep their jobs, Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, he said in a statement released by the company. There are about 1,400 workers in Avon Lake complex.

Ford is currently in negotiations with the UAW for a new national contract affecting about 52,300 workers. Just before the talks began last month, Ford announced that move production small car Focus and C-Max a plant in Wayne, Michigan. Ford has not confirmed the comments of the UAW that production is shifting to Mexico.

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"By working with our partners at the UAW, find a way to make costs competitive enough to bring the production of a new generation of trucks working to Ohio," said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford North America and Latin from the South.

From 2000 until earlier this year, commercial trucks were built by a joint venture between Ford and Navistar International Corp. called Blue Diamond in Escobedo, Mexico.

The trucks are often sold as skeletons cab and chassis and customized by buyers to serve a wide range of applications beverage supply ambulances for Oilfield Services.

2016 model trucks go on sale later this summer, which is a few months later than announced when Ford first announced the relocation of production to Ohio in March 2014.

Each F-650 or F-750 truck sold to a buyer of the fleet, six trucks Ford also sold to the same customer, said Mike Levine, spokesman for the Ford truck. He said that in 2014, the company sold 9,627 F-750 models, which was 11 percent more than the previous year F-650.

The trucks will be sold from $ 56.705 for a regular cab F-650 fuel to $ 76,690 for a crew cab diesel-powered tractor. Prices include shipping.

Avon Lake plant was built where for years Ford Econoline vans. In recent years, the name was changed to E-Series vans, which are no longer produced. Now, Ford builds its Transit vans in Kansas City, Mo.

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