Major Manufacturing Money for Michigan (well, Ohio, too)

The Ford Livonia Transmission Plant is about four miles due east of the AD&P Plymouth office, so we are delighted to learn that the vehicle manufacturer is making a $1.4-billion investment in the plant, where a six-speed automatic is presently being produced for a variety of hot-selling vehicles such as the Mustang and the F-150, and which will be starting production of a 10-speed automatic in June, which will be used in such vehicles as the new F-150 Raptor. 2017 Raptor This investment, according to Ford, creates or retains 500 hourly jobs at the plant.

The Ford Livonia Transmission Plant is about four miles due east of the AD&P Plymouth office, so we are delighted to learn that the vehicle manufacturer is making a $1.4-billion investment in the plant, where a six-speed automatic is presently being produced for a variety of hot-selling vehicles such as the Mustang and the F-150, and which will be starting production of a 10-speed automatic in June, which will be used in such vehicles as the new F-150 Raptor.

Raptor

2017 Raptor

This investment, according to Ford, creates or retains 500 hourly jobs at the plant.

Livonia Transmission Plant

Inside Livonia Transmission

In addition to which, Ford announced that it is investing $200-million in its Ohio Assembly Plant, which produces the big brothers to the F-150, including the 350, 450, 550, 650, and 750 (the last two were brought back to the U.S. from Mexico last year, in case a certain politician is interested). The plant in Avon Lake also produces the E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis. The investment, which also means 150 hourly jobs, will be for Super Duty chassis cab production.

And today FCA US announced that it is investing $74.7-million in its Trenton Engine Complex, which is about 37 miles southeast of AD&P Plymouth.

(We can’t help it if we’re happy about some serious production investments around here.)

FCA is going to use the cash to retool a flexible production line, installed in 2012, at the Trenton North plant to produce a next-generation four-cylinder engine.

Pentastar

3.6-liter Pentastar

The engine, about which details are, well, nil (well, there’s increased power, improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions, but compared to what?), will go into production in Q3 2017. Some 245 jobs will be retained.

The new engine will replace production of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 at Trenton North. The Pentastar will continue to be manufactured at Trenton South, Mack Avenue Engine, and Saltillo South.