Ford announced Monday that it will build its new high performance V-6 engine, slated to go into the 2011 Mustang, at its factory in Brook Park.
Ford's high-performance, all-aluminum Duratec® 3.7-liter V-6 will be the second major new product for the newly reopened Brook Park’s Engine Plant Number One announced in the last year. Last Spring the company revealed Brook Park would produce its new V-6 Ecoboost engine that’s just now becoming available in several Ford vehicles.
Ford’s Brook Park Engine Plant Number TWO is, at this point, a likely candidate for closure, as is the adjacent casting plant. UAW Local 1250 Vice President Mark Payne says it’s a logical downsizing.
“As the economy continues to dwindle and the automobile industry has smaller pieces of the pie, that’s what it seems to be establishing itself at – that Cleveland will have multiple products out of Cleveland Engine Plant Number One,” Payne said.
He said it’s hoped that the new work at Plant Number One will absorb workers as those other plants close. In the best case scenario, he says, the current workforce of about 1200 in Brook Park will be maintained.