Ford Medium-Duty Truck Production Moving To Ohio In 2015

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

With the Econoline passing the torch to the Transit Connect at the end of this year, Ford is in the process of moving production of the F-650 and F-750 from Mexico to Ohio in time for the medium-duty trucks’ redesign for 2015.

Bloomberg reports the automaker is cutting ties with Navistar International in a joint venture based in Escobedo, Mexico to take full control of the two medium-duty trucks in their transfer to Avon Lake, Ohio, bringing the entire F-Series line — and the profits made up and down the chain — in-house as Ford’s president of the Americas Joe Hinrichs explains:

We’re doing this to bring the 650-750 production in-house so that we have complete design, manufacturing and engineering control over our F-series lineup. It’s so critical to be able to offer our commercial customers everything from an F-150 all the way to an F-750 and to know it’s built by Ford.

The relocation will preserve 1,600 jobs while honoring an agreement made between Ford and the United Auto Workers in 2011, with no added jobs or change in labor costs resulting from the move.

Hinrichs expects it will take less than the 13 weeks needed to transition the two F-150 plants from steel to aluminium-body production, with tooling from the Mexico plant already being put into place:

A lot of equipment has been going in on the fly. It’s not what we would classify as a new body shop, but the investment that’s being made largely is for equipment in the body shop and for tooling associated with building the 650 and 750.

The transition will occur in time for the F-650’s and F-750’s 2015 redesign, though the medium-duty trucks will remain steel-bodied.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Danio3834 Danio3834 on Mar 10, 2014

    I thought this was news 2 years ago. It could be that it was so well known within Ford that I just assumed it had been released publicly. Anyway, good on them, Blue Diamond sucked. Edit: I guess it was news 2 years ago.

    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Mar 10, 2014

      Yes this is very old news. The Blue Diamond Joint venture was for a set time at which point either party could walk away or they could sit down and renegotiate a new contract. Ford announced years ago that they intended to walk away from the deal, I'm sure in part due to the 6.0 fiasco and the failure of the Citystar/LCF series that was also a part of the Blue Diamond Joint Venture.

  • Hummer Hummer on Mar 10, 2014

    Seems like pure madness to replace the econoline, the number one selling vehicle in its category, with a design that has repeatedly failed to interest American consumers. That's a lot of business being handed over to GM, don't forget about the 80% of ambulances using the econoline chassis.

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    • RobertRyan RobertRyan on Mar 11, 2014

      @Krhodes1, Using the same "cheap as chips" rationale, a RV manufacturer here built some Class C's on the E350 Chassis around 2002-2003. Did not last long, they were awful as a RV base. Manufacturer now uses European and Japanese Truck bases(Nothing to to do with a Tundra)

  • Iamwho2k Iamwho2k on Mar 10, 2014

    Reported elsewhere... Ford will continue to produce E-series chassis (chassi? chassises?) for ambulances and whatnot.

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    • CrapBox CrapBox on Mar 10, 2014

      That's tragic news for me and my sciatica. My one and only ambulance ride was turned into torture due to the rough-riding suspension. Next time I'll crawl to the hospital.

  • Kinosh Kinosh on Mar 10, 2014

    As someone who used to live in Avon Lake, Ohio and went to high school on Ford's dime (thanks property taxes), I'm always glad to hear when AL assembly gets new product.

    • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Mar 10, 2014

      I'm glad too. Those folks were always good to me when I visited.