Photo courtesy of Ford.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford will invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities to support production of the Bronco and Ranger, build an advanced data center, and add jobs for autonomous and electrified vehicles, the company announced. About $350 million of that is new investment.

Ford will invest $850 million in the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne to retool the plant to build the Ranger mid-size pickup and Bronco SUV. Ford will begin building the Ranger at the end of 2018 and the Bronco in 2020. The plant now builds the Focus and C-Max.

Ford will begin transforming the plant in May of 2018. The plant will be shut down for four weeks to remove and reinstall tooling needed to build the Ranger and Bronco.

Ford will also invest $150 million in the Romeo Engine Plant to expand capacity to support the Ranger and Bronco. The plant produces 6.2L V-8 engines for Super Duty trucks and the E-450 cutaway van.

Ford is also investing $200 million to develop an advanced data center at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant to support the company's expansion to an auto and mobility company. It would be the second Ford data center in Michigan. Ford has already announced it will invest $700 million in the Flat Rock plant and add 700 jobs. The plant now builds the Mustang and Lincoln Continental.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet