Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and JobsOhio joined with representatives from Ford Motor Company on Thursday to announce that Ford will invest $1.5 billion into Lorain County at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake to assemble an all new commercial electric vehicle, an investment that will create 1,800 new hourly jobs.
“The ingenuity and talent of Ohio’s automotive workforce are second to none, and Ford’s investment in Avon Lake will play an essential role in growing the EV space,” said Governor DeWine. “Ford has been a partner in Ohio for generations, and its confidence in the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant operations secure EV operations in Lorain County that will be critical for decades to come.”
In addition to the 1,800 new jobs, the facility will continue producing Ford’s E-Series van, medium-duty trucks, and Super Duty chassis cribs. Ford also announced an additional 90 jobs and a $100 million investment between its Lima Engine Plant and Sharonville Transmission plants.
“The special news for Northeast Ohio is that there will be 1,800 new, good-paying jobs with health care benefits and the higher quality of life and job security that comes along with it,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Governor DeWine and I are glad Ford chose Ohio to help manufacture this EV vehicle, continuing the region’s extensive legacy in automotive innovation.”
Construction on Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake is expected to begin later this year and construction and assembly on the commercial electric vehicle is expected to begin in mid-decade.
Ohio Tax Credit Authority will consider tax credit to help support the expansion of the Avon Lake plant and JobsOhio also plans to provide grant assistance.