Ford Invests $500 Million for 2015 F150 EcoBoost Production
Ford announced shortly after the introduction of the new 2.7L EcoBoost for the 2015 F150 that this new twin turbo V6 would be built at the Lima Engine facility rather than the Cleveland Engine facility where the uber popular 3.5L EcoBoost V6 has been produced since it was introduced in 2009. You would think that these similarly designed twin turbocharged V6 engines would be built at the same location, but considering the massive popularity of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in the current F150, the Taurus SHO, the Explorer Sport, the current police vehicles and much more – Ford opted to call on a slightly less busy facility to build the newest EcoBoost offering.
The Lima Engine facility currently builds the 3.5L and 3.7L Duratec V6 engines, but to build these new turbocharged engines the Lima plant will need a great deal of touchups – possibly including a whole new production line in the facility. Ford expects that the new 2.7L EcoBoost will be the most efficient engine in the half ton truck segment and should they be right, there will likely be big demand for this new mill. With that in mind, Ford will invest $500 million in the Lima Engine facility along with creating 300 new jobs specifically to build the new 2.7L V6. This represents an increase in labor force of 33% as the team grows from 900 to 1,200 workers building the new EcoBoost V6 and the older naturally aspirated 3.5 and 3.7 V6 engines.