LIMA, Ohio – Employees are excited about Ford Motor Company’s $500 million investment to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant and add 300 new jobs. Plant leaders and company executives announced Friday morning that the workers will support production of an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine.
“It is my distinct pleasure to officially announce the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with Auto Start-Stop for the next generation Ford F-150 will be built right here at Lima Engine Plant,” said President of The Americas Joe Hinrichs.
For the over 900 employees at Lima Engine, it’s an honor that comes after years of preparation. “It’s great news for Lima Engine,” said Ray Aguirre, a team leader in the new engine area. “Honestly, we deserve it. I really feel that way. We’re known for our quality here, and we take it extremely seriously.”
That sentiment was echoed by Eric Herschler, a team leader and one of a handful of employees who have been involved with the new engine program since the beginning. “We were here as this entire system was going on,” he said, adding “we’ve had an opportunity to work on robots, set up jobs, help out with the standards. It’s an honor as an hourly employee to have a hand in everything and being able to offer our input.”
Customer satisfaction and continuous improvement are at the top of the list of priorities for Keith Bicknell, a team leader in the new engine area. “Everything we do here boils down to two main goals: and they are to safely assemble and build engines as perfectly as possible,” Bicknell said.
Herschler is looking forward to the day when he sees a Ford truck powered by a Lima engine driving down the highway. For him, and the many other employees at Lima Engine, it will be a proud moment. “If you care about what you do, and I know all of us do, it just makes you feel good knowing a customer saw something in our company and our vehicles that made them want to buy it. I absolutely love being a part of that.”