A few more Ford trucks will be built in the US in the near future with news that production of the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks will move from Mexico to Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, OH. Ford hasn't confirmed a precise timeline for the move, but The Detroit News claims the Blue Oval will make the shift later this year or in early 2015.

As Ford spokesperson Mike Levine reminded us, back in 2011, Ford announced in an investor release that it would shift production "after the [Ohio] plant stops current production of the Ford E-Series vans." According to that release, the Ohio factory will also receive $128 million in upgrades to build the new trucks, plus the F53 motorhome chassis and F59 commercial chassis.

The trucks are currently built in Escobedo, Mexico, as part of a joint venture with Navistar International. The Kansas City Assembly Plant in Kansas City, MO will begin building the new Transit van. The shift is part of Ford's long-term plan to move more commercial vehicle production to the US because it, "will be able to streamline and strengthen the engineering and manufacturing of our next-generation medium-duty trucks," said then-Ford President Mark Fields in the 2011 release. According to The Detroit News, Ford will issue a more detailed release about the shift in production on February 28.



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      brianXL
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think this has a lot to do with the failed partnership with navistar. After all the powerstroke lawsuits and the bad blood resulting in finger pointing, I'm sure the two companies want to be as far apart as possible. Good news that a US factory stays open, too!
        imoore
        • 9 Months Ago
        @brianXL
        And you're correct on that statement. That union was a pure disaster. With its partnerships with Caterpillar Trucks and Mahindra, Navistar shouldn't have any problems filling factory space.
      ME
      • 9 Months Ago
      The problem is though, that the volume of medium duty trucks is significantly less then the Econoline. Avon Lake will have to scale back to meet the lower volume.
      Jobu
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well, how 'bout a nice tall glass of "It's about Fu&&ing Time?"
      Drew
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't know what I will replace my e350 with? guess Ill be buying used ones sure can't put anything in a transit
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Drew
        There will be two kinds of the Transit: the regular, RWD Transit (which is replacing the E-series) and teh Transit Connect, which is apparently what you are thinking of. How do people miss this?
        JaredN
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Drew
        The largest Transit is larger than an e350. You are probably mistaking the Transit with the much, much smaller Transit Connect.
        Skicat
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Drew
        The coming Ford Transit is the size of a Ram Promaster (ex-Sprinter). If you can't fit anything is that, you sure couldn't find an E350 useful.
        john96xlt
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Drew
        And you know this because you've looked at a new Transit (that isn't out yet) and compared the room it has before you assumed you "cant put anything" in it?
      Avinash Machado
      • 9 Months Ago
      Great.More American jobs.
      Tiberius1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Great move, but I think the one big mistake Ford is making is killing the Econoline. For over 50 years the name means rugged and reliable. Transit Connect just doesn't ring the same way.
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Tiberius1701
        I've heard good things about the regular Transit, I think people will be fine.
        john96xlt
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Tiberius1701
        Transit Connect is a much smaller vehicle that is not intended to fill E-Series's shoes, except in very light duty applications where you're only using 1/4 to 1/2 of a full size vans' capability to do your job. In those instances, you can save a lot of gas by going with a T.C. The E-Series is being replaced with a FULL SIZED van, not the Connect.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 9 Months Ago
      If 650 ans 750 are medium duty what is heavy duty?
      • 9 Months Ago
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