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UAW: Ford to invest more than $1 billion into Avon Lake, Cleveland plants

Posted at 9:00 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 21:04:56-04

AVON LAKE, Ohio — Ford is planning to invest more than $1 billion into its Avon Lake and Cleveland plants, according to the United Auto Workers.

The plan, released Friday, lists assembly operations that are scheduled to receive new investment. Among the plants on the list is the Ohio Assembly Plant, located in Avon Lake and the Cleveland Engine plant, located in Brook Park.

Ford’s investment plan includes a $900 million investment at the Ohio Assembly Plant and a $150 million investment at the Cleveland Engine plant.

Negotiations between UAW and Ford lead to the final contract, which created or secured at least 8,500 total jobs across every plant as well as secured $6 billion in total product commitments and other investments.

As part of the UAW and Ford agreement, The Ohio Assembly Plant will see new product added in 2023, the addition of the all-new Super Duty Chasis Cab and the continuation of the Medium Truck and E-series Cutaway and Stripped Chasis.

Cleveland Engine will see new Machining Modules added and the continuation of the 2.3L GTDI engine and the 3.5L GTDI V6 engine, both with upgrades.

The city of Avon Lake said that the $900 million plan is among the largest investments, and job creations, that the city has ever seen.

“As a city, we try to find ways to support all of our businesses and hope that our support can facilitate growth,” said Avon Lake Economic Development Director Ted Esborn. “But today’s news from Ford and the UAW is tremendous good fortune for the city. We are fortunate and grateful.”

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