Ford's twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 has proved popular with customers, with more than 180,000 finding homes in driveways and garages since launching in 2009. Ford has but a single facility in the United States turning out this engine, Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1. Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 is also home to the 3.7 liter V6 that kicks out over 300 horsepower in the Mustang and continues to sell at full tilt in the F-150.

With two belles of the automotive ball under a single roof, Ford is adding 250 workers and a third shift of production at the Cleveland engine plant to keep up. "We are tripling production to meet customers' growing need for fuel-efficient engines" said Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas. The manpower will largely come from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is being closed later this week.
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Ford's Cleveland Engine Plant Starts Third Shift to Meet Growing Demand for Fuel-Efficient EcoBoost V6 Engines

• Ford adds third shift at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to meet demand for its popular, fuel-efficient V6 engines – including EcoBoost® engines, the cornerstone of Ford's commitment to deliver affordable fuel economy to millions
• The third shift, requiring approximately 250 jobs, primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is ending production
• Ford's 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engines built at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 power Ford Taurus, F-150 and Flex; and Lincoln MKS and MKT; the Cleveland-built 3.7-liter V6 engines power Mustang and F-150

CLEVELAND, May 1, 2012 – Growing customer demand for cars and trucks powered by Ford's fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® and 3.7-liter V6 engines brings a third shift of engine production to Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 beginning Monday.

"Our engine plant in Cleveland is the first and only facility in North America to produce EcoBoost engines, and we are tripling production capacity to meet customers' growing needs for fuel-efficient engines," said Mark Fields, president of The Americas, at an employee celebration at the plant today." EcoBoost engines are a key part of our plan to give customers the power of choice – from EcoBoost-powered vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics."

Introduced in 2009 on the Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS, EcoBoost technology combines direct injection and turbocharging.

This solution has been popular with customers, who have purchased 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines since 2009. In 2011, Ford sold a record 121,000 vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines when F-150 began offering an EcoBoost option.

In first-quarter 2012 alone, Ford sold more than 39,000 vehicles equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, representing more than a 285 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011.

Cleveland Engine's 3.7-liter V6 serves as the base engine for two iconic Ford vehicles – Mustang and F-150 – and is a favorite among customers.

The F-150 3.7-liter V6 outsells all other competitive V6 full-size trucks and carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The Ford Mustang equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 and available six-speed transmission broke new ground as the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever with 31 mpg highway and 19 mpg city.

The 250 jobs being added in Cleveland for running the third shift primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is scheduled to end production later this week.

Later this month, Ford will add one shift of F-150 production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, allowing the company to better meet increasing demand for America's best-selling vehicle.


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      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, where's the EcoBoost Mustang? (turbo 4 OR 6)?
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way to put a positive spin on a plant closure, and advertise your product line as well.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm betting Ford left a lot on the table for a new turbocharged engine. I'll bet they can easily modify this engine for more torque as the competition increases their V8 torque. Difference is, when a turbo V6 is off-boost it can get 22mpg, etc at whatever power level you want. Much more difficult to get 500+ lb-ft out of a V8 that also gets good highway economy. Ford should focus on transmissions that can take that kind of torque in a half-ton. Because the engine tuning from here on our should be simpler.
        in Tyler we trust
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        That's what they did with the new 6.7l powerstroke. They shipped them with one set of horsepower and twist ratings, GM rated the duramax higher, so then they reprogrammed the trucks to make even more power. I think it was a 30hp+- bump in power just to stay on top. I'm sure there is more where that came from too. I couldnt agree more about the trans issues though. They should have done another test or two.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @in Tyler we trust
          Yes Matt, people in Mining, Freight Hauling, and Construction (just to name a few of the fields which the Super Duty has a huge majority of the market share) don't "actually need to get work done". http://www.ford.com/trucks/superduty/weownwork/ MORON-MORON-MORON
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @in Tyler we trust
          And the GM is still the better truck. Let Ford win the war on paper...people that actually need to get work done won't buy the 6.7 because it's an overengineered POS.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
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          mitytitywhitey
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yeah I got the 2011 EB. Transmission is my least favorite part of the vehicle.
      Drew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Translation: we're closing plant number two, and you're losing your job there. But the good news is, now some of you get to work night shift at plant number one!
        amerifight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drew
        Drew stop trolling.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @amerifight
          Why'd you have to mention his name, now he's reappeared (as True Voice, since his Z71 screenname got banned just like the 10 accounts before that)
          amerifight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @amerifight
          Speaking of Drew, does anyone remember all the vile comments made by Z71silvy?
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drew
        That is good news. It's better than having to find a job.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drew
        Well if Plant #2 built V8 engines, that is quite possible. 55% of F-150s now come with V6s. And while F-series sakes are up, it's more like 7%. So V8 take rate has to be much lower than before.
      notacommmy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great news! O The Obama admin. saved or created another 250,000,000,000 jobs!
      Drew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two shifts plus one shift equals 50% increase. That's not exactly tripling production ...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drew
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          benzaholic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SNP Of course not. It would take four and a half months. FTFY
      • 2 Years Ago
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      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope AND change!!!
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good news. CEP #1 is where my '95 F-150's (as of today) 210,000 mile 302 was built. I hope that the EcoBoost engines prove to be as reliable.
      tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford also builds the Duratec 37 (and the NA Duratec 35) at Lima Engine. I wonder if this is the beginning of consolidation of the Duratec 37 at Cleveland Engine so something else can slide in at Lima... Either way, here's a fun fact guide from Ford's website: http://media.ford.com/plants.cfm
      futuramautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Coolio!! Clever usage of infographics!
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stripped Ecoboost 4cyl Mustang? Please?
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