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RSS Ford investing $500M in engine plant for 2.7L EcoBoost production

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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/trucks/" rel="tag">Truck</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/hirings-firings/" rel="tag">Hirings/Firings/Layoffs</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/plants-manufacturing/" rel="tag">Plants/Manufacturing</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/ford/" rel="tag">Ford</a></p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/ford-2-7-liter-ecoboost-production/"><img alt="Ford 2.7-Liter EcoBoost Production" data-caption="Ford announced a $500 million investment to add 300 jobs and upgrade the Lima Engine Plant to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine for the 2015 F-150. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co." data-credit="Ford" data-mep="193738" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/1267x850+0+1/resize/628x417!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/adam/c85e8b598b5907e11214f26f1f92afbd/Ford-EcoBoost-Production-001.jpg" /></a><br /><br />Ohio is a hot area for <a href="http://autoblog.com/ford/">Ford</a> at the moment <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/27/ford-f-series-medium-duty-production-ohio-mexico/">with the announcement just a few weeks ago that production</a> of the next-generation<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/04/ford-unveils-all-new-2016-f-650-f-750-ntea/"> F-650/F-750</a> medium-duty trucks would move from Mexico to the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Now, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/ford/">Ford</a> is investing $500 million to hire 300 workers at its Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, to add production of the twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 for the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/ford/f-150/">2015 F-150</a>.<br /><br />The latest investment will be used to add a new flexible engine assembly system and renovate 700,000 square feet of the plant for machining and assembly areas. The Lima factory already builds Ford's 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter Duratec V6 engines. The plant opened in 1957, and it's on track to build its 40 millionth engine later this year.<br /><br />Ford claims that the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will offer V8 performance with better efficiency in the F-150. It comes standard with intelligent stop/start that doesn't activate when the truck is towing or in four-wheel drive, and it's made from a combination of compacted graphite iron and aluminum for low weight and high strength. The company says that V6 engines have already proven popular in the F-150 with 57 percent of trucks in 2014 being equipped with either the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter or turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines.<br /><br />The new F-150 <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/13/2015-ford-f-150-debuts-aluminum-2-7-ecoboost/">is scheduled to hit the market in the fourth quarter of this year,</a> and it will be offered with the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8. <a href="/2014/03/30/ford-lima-engine-investment/#continued">Scroll down</a> to read the full press release.<p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/30/ford-lima-engine-investment/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>Ford investing $500M in engine plant for 2.7L EcoBoost production</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/30/ford-lima-engine-investment/">Ford investing $500M in engine plant for 2.7L EcoBoost production</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:09:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/30/ford-lima-engine-investment/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20858681/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/30/ford-lima-engine-investment/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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