The F-150 Raptor's 10-speed automatic gearbox will soon be finding its way into other F-150 models after Ford announced that they will soon begin its mass production. This is part of the company's $1.6 billion investment in its Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly plants.
The new investment plan is part of Ford's larger $9 billion commitment the automaker made in 2015 with the United Automobile Workers (UAW) union. With it, Ford expects to create or retain about 500 hourly jobs at the transmission plant. The Ohio plant, on the other hand, will soon be able to produce more Super Duty chassis cabs.
“We are proud that Ford employs more hourly workers and builds more vehicles in the United States than any other automaker. We are committed to manufacturing in the United States, as we have been for more than 100 years,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas.
The Livonia facility will receive $1.4 billion for its production of the new automatic gearbox that will be fitted on certain F-150 models besides the more powerful Raptor. The factory currently employs 1,550 employees and also manufactures 6-speed transmissions for the Mustang, Transit and Expedition.
Over to the Ohio Assembly plant, it gets a $200 million investment. Earlier this year, the factory began producing Ford's bigger trucks like the F-350, F-450 F-550 Super Duty, F-650 and F-750.
“I am thrilled that through our collective bargaining with Ford, we were able to secure a substantial investment for the communities of Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio. The men and women of both Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly have shown a great commitment to manufacturing quality products, and we look forward to their continued success,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department.
In the past five years, Ford has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created nearly 28,000 total U.S. jobs.