Ford UAW contract includes investments (mostly for EVs) in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky
Workers assemble a medium-duty truck at Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland. The facility will get a $900 investment for new products if workers agree to a new deal between the automaker and the United Auto Workers.
By Robert Schoenberger

Ford UAW contract includes investments (mostly for EVs) in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky

Detroit-area Romeo Engine Plant would close, but workers could transfer 16 miles south to Van Dyke Transmission Plant.

November 5, 2019

Cleveland, Ohio – If Ford workers approve their tentative contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW), the automaker will invest more than $6 billion in U.S. plants including massive spending increases at the Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland, the Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit, and the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.

Investments are:

  • Michigan Assembly Plant: $1.1 billion
  • Kentucky Truck Plant: $1 billion
  • Ohio Assembly Plant: $900 million
  • Dearborn (Michigan) Truck Plant: $700 million
  • Kansas City Assembly Plant: $400 million
  • Van Dyke (Michigan) Transmission: $400 million
  • Flat Rock (Michigan) Assembly Plant: $250 million
  • Chicago (Illinois) Assembly Plant: $200 million
  • Cleveland (Ohio) Engine: $150 million
  • Sterling (Michigan) Axle: $150 million
  • Sharonville (Ohio) Transmission: $130 million
  • Louisville (Kentucky) Assembly Plant: $100 million
  • Dearborn Engine: $100 million
  • Dearborn Stamping: $100 million
  • Livonia (Michigan) Transmission: $100 million
  • Lima (Ohio) Engine: $80 million
  • Rawsonville (Michigan) Transmission: $60 million
  • Buffalo (New York) Stamping: $60 million
  • Woodhaven (Michigan) Stamping: $40 million

One plant would close, Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant that makes the 5.2L SVT engine used in some hot-rod models; the 6.2L truck V-8; blocks and heads for the 5L V-8; and the head, block, and crankshaft for the 2.3L engine used in several Ford vehicles. Workers from that plant would be offered positions at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant, 16 miles away, a facility getting a $400 million investment to build a new transmission, e-axle machining for electric vehicles (EVs), and EV motor manufacturing.

Contract details show several Ford investments in EVs or hybrids:

  • Chicago Assembly: hybrid Explorer SUV
  • Dearborn Assembly: hybrid, EV F-150 pickups
  • Kansas City Assembly: EV Transit
  • Louisville Assembly Plant: hybrid, plug-in hybrid Escape small SUVs, PHEV Lincoln Corsair
  • Livonia Transmission: EV gears

As with the recently ratified GM contract, workers would get pay raises or bonuses in each of the contract’s four years, $9,000 signing bonuses (lower than GM’s $11,000 figure), a path to full-time status for temporary workers, and a moratorium on plant closings, other than Romeo.

Workers will vote on the contract this week.

About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 19 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.