LIMA — Ford Motor Company executives were in Lima on Thursday to highlight the company’s commitment to American manufacturing and the economic impact of the F-Series and the Lima Engine Plant, which makes 36% of F-150 engines and has built 44 million engines since its opening in 1957.
The Lima Engine Plant now employs roughly 1,500 people and recently started production for the latest version of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine for the forthcoming 2021 F-150, which will feature a new onboard generator system that the company boasts can power a tailgating party or construction site.
Ford employs more than 7,000 hourly workers in Ohio, who Ford Director of Manufacturing Mark Felix said indirectly support another 78,000 jobs across the state and contribute an estimated $7.5 billion to Ohio’s gross domestic product.
The company also invests about $3.5 billion in Ohio each year, Felix said, in both production and non-production initiatives.
Ford partnered with the Boston Consulting Group for the report, which measured direct and indirect contributions the F-Series has made toward U.S. gross domestic product and employment.
The company says that for every Ford employee working on an F-Series vehicle, another 14 jobs are supported. Production and sales of the F-Series have contributed roughly $49 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product, an estimate which includes supplier activities, repairs and servicing on F-Series vehicles and employee spending in the community.
Felix’s visit comes as Ford touts its commitment to American manufacturing and the U.S. economy, including plans to build a $700 million plant at its Rouge complex in Dearborn where the company will build its new all-electric F-150 pickup truck, announced in September.
Ford donated 100,000 face masks to the city of Lima on Thursday as part of the company’s efforts to supply and produce personal protective and medical equipment amid the pandemic.
Masks will be distributed to the public at the Lima Utilities Department customer service office on North Central Avenue. Drive-thru service is available.