Ford is getting overwhelmed, a problem most automakers would envy. Demand for the company’s fuel-efficient EcoBoost V-6 engine is so high that Ford is adding a third shift to its Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1. The manufacturing is located in Brook Park, Ohio.
Ford introduced the EcoBoost engine back in 2009, powering the Ford Taurus SHO and the Lincoln MKS. Since then, Ford has made powerful yet fuel-efficient V-6 available in other models, including Ford Flex, Ford F-150, and the Lincoln MKT. The EcoBoost is so popular among Ford F-150 buyers that it constitutes more than 40 percent of sales of the popular pickup truck.
“EcoBoost engines are a key part of our plan to give customers the power of choice—from EcoBoost-powered vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics,” says Mark Fields, executive vice president, Ford Motor Co., and president, The Americas.
The third shift adds 250 jobs to the facility, most of which will be filled by staff from the Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2. The automaker also plans to add another shift to its Kansas City Assembly Plant to fill the high demand for its F-150 truck.