On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Metro Detroit based Ford Motor Company announced that there will now be the production of medium-duty trucks in the United States. According to the Detroit Free Press, Ford's F-650 and F-750 trucks were previously made in Mexico at a joint venture plant with Navistar. The production of these trucks has now moved to Avon Lake, Ohio. By moving the work to Ohio, around 1,400 American jobs are created.
“Our investment in Ohio Assembly Plant reinforces our commitment to building vehicles in America and to delivering best-in-class commercial trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs in a statement, Ford president of the Americas. “Working with our partners in the UAW, we found a way to make the costs competitive enough to bring production of a whole new generation of work trucks to Ohio.”
Before the announcement of the F-650 and F-750 production at the Avon Lake plant, the plant built the E-series van. The van was discontinued in the summer of 2014, but the plant continues to make the E-series cutaway vans and chassis that are used in other vehicles such as ambulances. The F-650 and F-750 trucks are available in regular, crew, and super cab body styles, and are equipped with a 6.7-liter V8 diesel engine. Ford also offers an alternative version of both trucks with a 8.8-liter V10 gasoline engine, which can be converted to run on liquid propane gas or natural gas.
Last month, on Tuesday, July 27, 2015, Ford reported their earnings of $1.9 billion, which was a new quarterly profit record in North America. These record numbers had a lot to do with the Ford Explorer and trucks becoming more popular, especially with gas prices falling. With vehicles like the F-150, F-650, and F-750, Ford hopes to further increase these sales and possibly make a new record for next quarter.
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