Ford to invest $145M, add new jobs to Brook Park plant

Ford to invest $145M, add new jobs to Brook Park plant
(Source: WOIO)

BROOK PARK, OH (WOIO) - Ford plans to invest $145 million in its Brook Park facility and create up to 150 new jobs, a move local officials say is a good first step.

Ford made the announcement at the Cleveland Auto Show, but representatives say they aren't sure exactly how many new jobs will be created.

"To have a future is good. Our future wasn't looking so good, not very long ago," said Brook Park Mayor Thomas Coyne.

The Brook Park plant produces the current EcoBoost engine, which can be found in the 2016 Ford F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex and Taurus.

"It's great news. It's going to make sure that we have a future for our membership, that we are the engine of choice for the Ford Motor Company," said Mark Payne, president of the UAW Cleveland Engine Plant Local 1250.

While officials say they are definitely happy about the investment, they see it more as just one step.

"We still have an engine plant that's closed, we have a foundry that's been demolished, and we're hoping that Ford will take a look at these sites and continue to make investments in our city," said Coyne.

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