Ford investing $168 million to shift F-650 and F-750 production from Mexico to Avon Lake plant

AVON LAKE, Ohio - Ford Motor Co. is announcing that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant west of Cleveland.

The automaker says it is shifting production from Mexico to its Avon Lake plant. Production will begin early next year.

The move announced Friday is part of a pledge Ford made with union leaders in 2011 to shift medium-duty truck production from Mexico.

Residents in Avon Lake were excited to hear the good news.

"Hopefully it will be good for all of Lorain county and Avon Lake" said Peter Diamantis, owner of Athenas restaurant.

Diamomtis was concerned when he learned earlier that the Ford assembly plant was in danger of closing. The Ford E-Series van will cease production later this year.

Patrons at Athenas were also glad that jobs were coming back to Ohio.

"We have enough unemployment and bringing things back to the US is what we should be doing" said Mary Ann Schneider, of Avon Lake.

The company says it's investing $168 million to make the change.

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