SHEFFIELD LAKE, OH (WOIO) - Production of Ford's F650/F-750 trucks at the Ohio Assembly Plant, previously built in Mexico, has secured more than 1,000 hourly UAW jobs in northeast Ohio. An announcement was held Wednesday morning at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant in Sheffield Lake.
Congresswoman Marcie Kaptur refereed the fact that the new product almost didn't come to Sheffield Lake.
"Thank you for giving your lives to it. Thank you for all the hard knocks that the history of this plant represents," Kaptur told the crowd.
There were lots of congratulations and they were well deserved because the placement of a new product was by no means guaranteed a few years ago. Management, government and the largest measured labor worked to make it happen, according to Senator Rob Portman.
"They made some concessions. They've been showing that they can produce quality products," said Portman.
The new F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks rolled off the assembly line Wednesday for the first time in the United States. With the new product rolling off the lines on two shifts short term, the hope is that a third shift will be added.
"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, Ford president, 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."
Ford is the only medium-duty truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination -- ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations.
"They are the go to vehicles for the people who built America and keep us going in everything from construction to utilities, to emergency services, to transportation," said Hinrichs.
Ford's commercial vehicle lineup is America's best-selling commercial trucks for 30 straight years.