Ford investing $500 million to make new engine at Ohio plant
David Zalubowski/AP
By Bernie Woodall

Ford Motor (F) will spend $500 million and create 300 jobs to upgrade an Ohio engine plant to make the new 2.7-liter six-cylinder EcoBoost engine for its best-selling F-150 pickup trucks, the company said Friday.

The 2015 F-150 pickup truck will be the first model to use the new engine that will be built at Ford's Lima, Ohio, engine plant.

Ford's F-150 pickup truck is the best-selling vehicle in North America.

Ford's EcoBoost engines are turbocharged and use gasoline direct-injection to provide the power of larger engines.

Ford will have four engine options for its next-generation F-150 pickup trucks, as it does now, but with the introduction of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, it will no longer offer the 6.2-liter V8.

Ford said that its smaller engines are more efficient and provide the power of larger ones while achieving better fuel economy.

For the first time, Ford will have automatic start-stop as a standard feature on F-150 models with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine.
Start-stop technology shuts the engine when the vehicle is stopped for short periods such as at traffic signals, in order to save fuel.

The four types of engines Ford will use in the 2015 F-150 pickup trucks are a 3.5-liter V6, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, a 5-liter V8 and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

Ford's 6.2-liter V8 engine has accounted for only 5 percent of F-150 sales of the 2014 model, while the 5-liter V8 has accounted for 38 percent.

The best-selling engine at 38 percent in the current model F-150 is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, said Kristina Adamski, spokeswoman at Ford.

Six-cylinder engines have made up 57 percent of F-150 sales for the current model year, she said.

The Lima Engine Plant now has about 700 workers who make current versions of Ford's 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter V6 engines for a range of models including the Edge crossover vehicle and the Explorer SUV.

The new jobs at Lima will be added over the next several years. The plant currently has about 900 hourly and salaried workers. United Auto Worker union members from other Ford plants will be given the chance to transfer to Lima and then any new hires will receive the entry-level starting wage of $15.78 an hour, which is about 60 percent of what veteran Ford assembly plant workers make.


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byldr1

Good for Ford good for Ohio.

March 29 2014 at 2:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sterling&Skyler

I think a plain ol' V8 and no frills in the cab is the way to go!

March 28 2014 at 11:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
teapartyisdying.uall

demsbaitnswitch3

Bet you didn't know that Ford dumped all its paint waste and other hazardous chemicals all over a little town in New jersey, causing premature death to its citizens and future offspring.

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BP's Lake Michigan Oil Spill: More Mess and Less Transparency From the Refinery Chicagoans Love to Hate

Ask any Chicagoan and they’ll tell you that Lake Michigan is a big part of what makes this town great. So, perhaps this is what makes BP’s nearby refinery in Whiting, IN so reviled.

The week of the Exxon Valdez disaster anniversary and a week after the Council of Canadians released a report highlighting the threat that tar sands oil imposes on the Great Lakes, BP did what it always does: crapped up Lake Michigan.

Yesterday, an undetermined amount of oil made its way into the refinery’s water treatment unit and was dumped into the lake, mucking a half mile of shoreline with waxy residue.
That’s the same water treatment unit that was venting the carcinogen benzene directly into the air… Which is just one of many controversies that have emanated from this gargantuan facility perched just a few miles down the Lakeshore from Chicago, in the midst of densely populated Northwest Indiana. To refresh your memory:

BP Whiting is the source of the massive mounds of petcoke currently burying portions of the Southeast Side of Chicago, much to the chagrin of neighbors who find the oil refining waste at the edge of their yards and parks.
Indiana recently put out draft water pollution permits that would have allowed the refinery to dump more than 16-times the federal limit of mercury directly into the Lake, which is a drinking water source for more than 7 million people. After pushback from NRDC and lots of others, the final permit was dialed back to only 7-times the allowable federal limit for this particular brain poison.
They crap up the air too. We battled them in court for years when they tried to game the numbers and imply that a massive expansion to process the dirtiest oil on the planet would reduce the amount of pollutants they streamed into the air. Eventually, they settled with us, our partners and the USEPA, forced to make an addition $400 million investment to help actually reduce the mess they emitted.
Oh, and dead monkeys. But that’s probably not their fault…

Most of those issues stem from that $4 billion expansion to process Canadian tar sands oil. Making it a harbinger foretelling some of the less obvious impacts coming from the battle over this bottom of the barrel petroleum currently being foisted on the world by the oil industry. The insane climate dangers alone should make the public wary about embracing further the most carbon intensive petroleum on the planet.

Most of those issues stem from that $4 billion expansion to process dirty Canadian tar sands oil; making the BP refinery a harbinger of many negative impacts coming from the this bottom of the barrel petroleum being foisted on the world by the oil industry. Climate dangers alone should make the public wary about further use of tar sands, the most carbon intensive petroleum on the planet. But the stream of mess coming out of BP Whiting reveals the social, political and democratic threats that addiction to tar sands pose to citizens and communities.

March 28 2014 at 10:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
flexireal

Big deal 300 job ford created more then half of those jobs you will need to know somebody in high up to get hire the rest will be a pick of a lottery

March 28 2014 at 9:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
JIM

I applaud Ford for bringing more of their jobs back to America. They are just too ugly for me and i don't want to buy new turbos in a year or two.

March 28 2014 at 8:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
hsstempe

if it's turbo charged, RUN! other than that, remember Ford did NOT take Any federal money. BUY FORD! stop the Jap crap and Korea in America (KIA) and let the imports rot. It's our country, let's keep it that way!

March 28 2014 at 6:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hsstempe

if it's turbo charged, RUN! other than that, remember Ford did NOT take Any

March 28 2014 at 6:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Bet you didnt know a small shop in NJ made the foam insert for the Ford Explorer steering column back in the 1990's. Workers sat on folding chairs and used scissors to cut off the plastic flash from the edges of each piece for $6 per hour!

March 28 2014 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Wow 300 new jobs at Ford in Ohio. How many plants did they close and how thousands of workers did they kick to the curb in New Jersey?

March 28 2014 at 5:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
baldbiker2

Wow, that is so exciting. However, GM is expanding its manufacturing in Mexico to keep up with demand for some of its popular models made in Korea like the Buick Encore SUV, made in Korea, I have one, my window sticker says made in Korea. Shame, for every 1 job in the US, there are 3 new ones overseas. Did Ford mention all the Eco Boost Ford Escapes that are made in Mexico? Or the Focus and the Fiesta? Ive had 2 escapes, both made in Mexico. But, its a cute article none the less.

March 28 2014 at 4:45 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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mikeironcity6

At least it keeps a few hundred Mexicans on that side of the border. If they where built overseas those Mexicans that work in that plant would be looking for jobs over here.

March 28 2014 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply