Ford moves com­mer­cial truck pro­duc­tion to Ohio from Mexico

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

BER­LIN: Ford Mo­tor Co (F.N) on Wed­nes­day will start build­ing its medium-duty F-650 and F-750 com­mer­cial trucks at a Cleve­land-area plant, mov­ing pro­duc­tion out of Mexico for the first time. The shift to the 41-yearold plant in Avon Park, Ohio means that about 1,000 work­ers rep­re­sented by the United Auto Work­ers union will keep their jobs, Jimmy Set­tles, UAW vice pres­i­dent, said in a state­ment is­sued by the com­pany. There are about 1,400 work­ers at the Avon Park com­plex.

Ford is cur­rently in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the UAW for a new na­tional con­tract af­fect­ing about 52,300 work­ers. Just be­fore those talks be­gan last month, Ford an­nounced it would move pro­duc­tion of small cars Fo­cus and C-Max from a plant in Wayne, Michigan. Ford has not con­firmed UAW com­ments that the pro­duc­tion is shift­ing to Mexico. "Work­ing with our part­ners in the UAW, we found a way to make the costs com­pet­i­tive enough to bring pro­duc­tion of a whole new gen­er­a­tion of work trucks to Ohio," said Joe Hin­richs, Ford pres­i­dent of North Amer­ica and South Amer­ica.

The com­mer­cial trucks from 2000 un­til ear­lier this year were built by a joint ven­ture of Ford and Nav­is­tar In­ter­na­tional Corp (NAV.N) called Blue Diamond in Es­cobedo, Mexico. The trucks are of­ten sold as cab-and­chas­sis skele­tons and cus­tom­ized by pur­chasers to serve a wide range of uses from bev­er­age de­liv­ery to am­bu­lances to oil­field ser­vices.

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