Ford recently announced that it will invest $145 million to upgrade its Cleveland Engine Plant, creating or retaining 150 jobs to support demand for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine family.

The Cleveland Engine Plant produces the current version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which powers the 2016 Ford F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex and Taurus. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be powered by the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

"This is very exciting news for the hard-working men and women of Cleveland Engine Plant and the Ohio community as a whole," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. "The team at Cleveland Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for the all-new F-150 Raptor."

As the cornerstone of Ford's global engine strategy to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, EcoBoost engines deliver the same capability as larger-displacement engines with better fuel economy. Introduced in 2009, EcoBoost uses smaller overall engine size combined with turbocharging, gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing.

The investment in the EcoBoost engine technology is part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 Ford-UAW collective bargaining agreement to invest in its U.S. plants. Ford, which has 80,000 U.S. employees, is committed to creating or securing 8,500 hourly jobs in communities across Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York and Ohio over the next four years. Since 2011, Ford has invested more than $10.2 billion in its plants across the United States.

The Cleveland Engine Plant opened in 1951 and employs more than 1,500 people. It has produced more than 1 million EcoBoost engines since 2009.

Along with the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost for the F-150, the plant builds the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for the Edge, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost for the Explorer, Mustang and Lincoln MKC, as well as the 3.7-liter V6 rear-wheel-drive application for the Mustang.

For more information, visit www.corporate.ford.com.