How Ford will spend $9B on plants, secure 8,500 jobs

Return of Ford Ranger and Bronco, new engines and transmissions part of $9 billion investment plans by 2020

Alisa Priddle and Brent Snavely
Detroit Free Press

The UAW's tentative agreement with Ford outlines a $9-billion commitment to its U.S. plants and commitment to create or retain 8,500 jobs over the four years with new vehicles, engines and transmissions planned.

Workers inspect and go over the brand new 2015 F-150 as processes down the line at the Dearborn Truck Plant at the Ford Rouge Center on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Jobs, plant investment cornerstone of Ford-UAW contract

Here are the details of the Ford’s product plan during the life of the contract:

Michigan Assembly: $700 million investment with a new product to be added in 2018, expected to be the Ford Ranger, followed by the revival of the Ford Bronco SUV by 2020. The stamping plant will continue to support the Ford Focus and C-Max families of vehicles until they are moved elsewhere in 2018.

Jobs, plant investment cornerstone of Ford-UAW contract

Chicago Assembly Plant: $900-million investment to build the new Ford Explorer and Police SUV Interceptor. The plant will continue to make the existing Taurus with no plans to make the all-new version that was introduced for the China market. The plant will get a new product, expected to be the Lincoln MKC.

Dearborn Truck: $250-million investment to continue to make the F-150 as well as the new F-150 Raptor performance pickup.

Flat Rock Assembly: $400-million investment to continue making the Ford Mustang and add production of the all-new Lincoln Continental full-size sedan. The Ford Fusion mid-size sedan continues through its current product lifecycle as needed to augment assembly in Mexico but it does not appear that the next-generation will need additional capacity in Flat Rock.

Kansas City Assembly: $200-million investment to continue making the F-150 pickup and Ford Transit full-size commercial van.

Ford deal: $10,000 at signing, $9B promised investment

Kentucky Truck: $600-million investment to make the next-generation Super Duty pickup with an aluminum body as well as the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator which are also expected to go aluminum. Ford will in-source work on the instrument panel, cooling module and part of the rear doors.

Louisville Assembly: $700-million investment to make the all-new 2017 Escape. The current Lincoln MKC will move elsewhere to provide more capacity for the hot-selling Escape.

Ohio Assembly: $250-million investment to continue making medium-duty trucks and E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis but a new unnamed product, likely another commercial vehicle, will be added.

Dearborn Engine: $50-million investment to make an upgraded 2-liter four-cylinder engine.

Cleveland Engine: $150-million investment to upgrade the 3.7-liter and 3,5-liter V6 engines and continue to make the 2-liter and 2.3-liter four-cylinder engines.

Lima Engine: $250-million investment to upgrade the 3.5-liter and 2.7-liter engines and build two new V6 engines. One is expected to be the new 3-liter V6 shown in the Lincoln Continental concept.

Romeo Engine: $150-million investment to continue to make upgraded versions of the 5.2-liter and 6.2-liter engines and also add a new displacement for the new Super Duty pickups. The plant will also continue to make connecting rods for the 5-liter V8 engine block and add a head machining module.

Woodhaven Forging: will continue to make the same forgings. It will no longer close in 2016.

Livonia Transmission: $1.8-billion investment to continue current transmissions and add three new ones: likely some of the 9- and 10-speed transmissions currently in development. The plant will also add gear machining.

Sharonville Transmission: $900-million investment to keep making current transmissions and do gear machining while adding a new transmission family and gear machining for the two new multi-gear transmissions.

Van Dyke Transmission: $650-million investment to add three new transmissions while continuing to make the current transmissions.

Rawsonville: $50-million investment to continue to make batteries for electric vehicles as well as other components, including a study into seats.

Sterling Axle: $400-million investment to make new axles for the Ford Explorer, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator while continuing to make current axles.

Buffalo Stamping: $30-million investment to make stampings for the Ford Edge, Expedition and Super Duty as well as the Lincoln MKX and Navigator.

Chicago Stamping: $200-million investment to make stampings for the new Explorer, a new product and continue existing work.

Dearborn Stamping/Dearborn Diversified: $80-million investment for a new press line, hydroform press and two machining lines as Ford uses more aluminum in future vehicles. Stamping and hydroforming work continues for the F-150 and new Super Duty pickups.

Woodhaven hot metal forming plant: $300-million investment for five new metal-forming lines and new laser cells.

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