New Ford electric vehicle plant to bring 1,800 jobs to northeast Ohio

LORAIN COUNTY — A new Ford Assembly Plant is coming to northeast Ohio.

Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor John Husted, JobsOhio and representatives from Ford Motor Company announced Thursday that Ford is planning on investing $1.5 billion into a new commercial electric vehicle (EV) assembly plant in Lorain County.

The investment in Avon Lake will create 1,800 new hourly jobs, according to a release.

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“Ford has been a partner in Ohio for generations, and its confidence in the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant operations secures EV operations in Lorain County that will be critical for decades to come,” DeWine said in a statement.

Kumar Galhotra, Ford Blue president, called Ohio “one of the world’s great automotive hubs and a key manufacturing state.”

In addition to the 1,800 jobs to make new commercial EV at the plant, the facility will continue to produce Ford’s E-series van, medium-duty trucks and Super Duty chassis cabs.

Ford also announced Thursday an additional 90 jobs and a $100 million investment between the existing Lima Engine Plant and Sharonville Transmission plants.

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“The Avon Lake facility represents the automotive heritage of Ohio and our world-class labor workforce and also our shared commitment with Ford to advancing innovation as we transition – together – to the EV space for future production,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO, said.

Construction on the Avon Lake assembly plant is expected to begin later this year. Assembly on the commercial EV is expected to begin in mid-decade, according to a release.

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