Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ford expands Hybrid and Electric Manufacturing Capabilities

Automakers and suppliers are continuing their expansions into hybrid and electric vehicle technology, with Ford Motor Co. announcing plans for a $135 million investment in Michigan and a California carmaker set to build a battery plant in Ohio.

The bulk of Ford’s spending, announced in a May 24 news release, will be for hybrid drive transmission, with $125 million set for its Sterling Heights, Mich., transmission plant. The work will allow the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker to bring production in house currently done by a supplier in Japan.

Another $10 million investment in Ypsilanti, Mich., will create a lithium-ion battery pack assembly site, replacing a supplier production line in Mexico. The company expects to add 40 jobs in Ypsilanti and 170 in Sterling Heights.