Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and JobsOhio joined representatives from the Ford Motor Company to announce that Ford is investing $1.5 billion into Lorain County at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake to continue producing medium-duty trucks and assemble an all-new commercial electric vehicle (EV).
This investment will create 1,800 new hourly jobs.
"The ingenuity and talent of Ohio's automotive workforce are second to none, and Ford's investment in Avon Lake will play an essential role in growing the EV space," said DeWine. "Ford has been a partner in Ohio for generations, and its confidence in the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant operations secures EV operations in Lorain County that will be critical for decades to come."
In addition to the 1,800 new jobs to make the new commercial EV at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant, the expanded facility will continue producing Ford's E-series van, medium-duty trucks, and Super Duty chassis cabs. Ford also announced an additional 90 jobs and a $100 million investment between its Lima Engine Plant and Sharonville Transmission plants.
"There are many wonderful aspects to a day like today, but the special news for Northeast Ohio is that there will be 1,800 new, good-paying jobs with health care benefits and the higher quality of life and job security that comes along with it," said Lt. Governor Husted. "Governor DeWine and I are glad Ford chose Ohio to help manufacture this EV vehicle, continuing the region's extensive legacy in automotive innovation."
Construction on Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake is expected to begin later this year; assembly on the commercial electric vehicle is expected to begin in mid-decade.
"Ohio is one of the world's great automotive hubs and a key manufacturing state that has been central to Ford since we first opened Ohio Assembly Plant in 1958," said Kumar Galhotra, president, Ford Blue. "Ford is proud to assemble more vehicles and employ more union autoworkers in the U.S. than any other auto manufacturer, and our commitment to the state of Ohio deepens today with the creation of 1,800 union jobs and $1.5 billion investment to build an all-new commercial EV at Ohio Assembly Plant."
The Ford Motor Company, DeWine-Husted Administration, the Ohio Department of Development, the City of Avon Lake, Lorain County, state and local elected officials, and Ohio's Congressional delegation all collaborated with JobsOhio to bring the project to Avon Lake. JobsOhio, the state's private nonprofit economic development corporation, has placed focus on supporting the automotive supply chain as original equipment manufacturers have begun to place a focus on EV production.
"The Avon Lake facility represents the automotive heritage of Ohio and our world-class labor workforce and also our shared commitment with Ford to advancing innovation as we transition – together – to the EV space for future production," said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president/CEO. "As manufacturing continues to evolve in Lorain County, JobsOhio and our partners are committed to protecting and growing Ohio's automotive industry by positioning the state as a global EV leader."
Ford operates facilities in Avon Lake, Brook Park, Lima, and Sharonville and has more than 7,000 employees in Ohio.
"Today's investment by Ford in Avon Lake is a testament to the world-class workforce in Lorain County and Northeast Ohio," said Nathan Manning, state senator. "I'm proud to have supported the Megaproject legislation that will help Ohiowin life-changing investments like this one. This is a perfect example of the success that is possible when JobsOhio, the State of Ohio, and our regional and local partners work together as one team."
To support the expansion of the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority will consider a tax credit at a future meeting, and JobsOhio also plans to provide grant assistance.