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Manning Announces $1.5 Billion Investment by Ford in Lorain County

1,800 New Hourly Jobs for Assembly Plant in Avon Lake
June 2, 2022
Nathan H. Manning News
COLUMBUS—State Senator Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) is applauding plans by the Ford Motor Company to invest $1.5 billion to expand operations at its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake to assemble an all-new commercial electric vehicle. The investment will create 1,800 new hourly jobs. Manning attended the offical announcement this morning at the Avon Lake plant, along with Ford executives, representatives from JobsOhio, Governor Mike DeWine, and Lt. Governor Jon Husted.

"Today’s investment by Ford in Avon Lake is a testament to the world-class workforce in Lorain County and Northeast Ohio," said Manning. "I’m proud to have supported the Megaproject legislation that will help Ohio win 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 see a brief video with more information from Sen. Manning on this $1.5 billion investment click here.)

In addition to manufacturing the new electronic vehicles at Ford's Avon Lake plant, the expanded facility will continue producing Ford’s E-series van, medium-duty trucks and Super Duty chassis cabs. Construction to expand the plant is scheduled to begin later this year. Assembly of the new commercial electric vehicle is expected to begin as soon as three years from now. "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. Ford operates facilities in Avon Lake, Brook Park, Lima, and Sharonville and has more than 7,000 employees in the state. Ford also announced an additional 90 jobs and a $100 million investment between its Lima Engine Plant and Sharonville Transmission plants.

Ohio’s vast history in the automotive industry and automotive supply chain, as well as its overall proximity to resources, manufacturers, and end markets, put the state in a prime position for future electric vehicle production.