Ford reopen Ohio site

Posted on 20 May 2009 by The Manufacturer

Ford has reopened an engine plant in Cleveland, Ohio which had been closed for two years in a rare piece of positive news for the US automotive industry.

Some of the plant’s former employees started working at the site again last month and Ford – one of the few US car makers that looks to have secured its future – held a reopening ceremony yesterday.

Union officials said they expect the plant to employ 250 people by September.

The plant is making an ‘EcoBoost’ version of a 3.5 litre, V6 engine for the Ford Taurus SHO, Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS and MKT models. Ford says the engine is 20 per cent more fuel efficient and produces 15 per cent less carbon dioxide without sacrificing any power.