Lima Engines Power Local Allen County Sherriff Vehicles
LIMA, Ohio – Dorothy knew exactly what she was talking about. There is truly no place like home and for the majority of folks working at Lima Engine Plant (LEP), Allen County is home.
So it is with a bit of that hometown pride that members of the media recently gathered with local officials and LEP employees to have a good look at Allen County’s new Ford police vehicles. Under the hood, the sticker on the engine read “LEP Duratec.”
“We just thought it was such an awesome thing to know that our vehicles are being powered by people who built these engines right here in Lima,” said Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish. “Right here in our own backyard.”
The department recently added three Ford Police Interceptor vehicles to its lineup, which include a sedan and two utility vehicles. Crish pointed out his complete satisfaction with the vehicles, noting a roomier interior and better performance, especially during the cold and snowy Ohio winters.
“There is no doubt we’ve certainly put them to the test this winter,” Crish said, adding “We have had no problems with the car or the SUVs getting around in the snow and ice we’ve had.”
Crish went on to thank the employees at LEP, as well as Ford Motor Company for putting out high-quality products that his department can rely on. “These are just excellent police vehicles and we want our citizens to know that the people here at LEP were a part of putting these vehicles together.”
LEP Plant Manager Mike Felix agreed, and added his thanks to the department for choosing Lima Engine Plant and Ford Motor Company. “A lot of us live and work in Allen County and it’s certainly encouraging to see the support that we get and the confidence the Sheriff’s Department has in purchasing our vehicles. Obviously, every customer has a choice and there are other choices you could have made. We’re happy you chose Ford.”
LEP Plant Manager Mike Felix shows the LEP engine sticker to Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan.
Attendees look over the new Ford Interceptor at a media event held at LEP Feb. 25.
Those in attendance got an up close look at the vehicles, and the many features offered in the Interceptors. The Ford police package has a lengthy and successful history, with a version first introduced in 1950. Ford’s philosophy of working closely with law enforcement personnel has allowed design teams and engineers to mold the vehicles into what authorities need.
Features such as Level III ballistic door panels, reverse sensing systems, excellent fuel economy and powerful as well as efficient engines are just a few specifications that have led departments across the nation to choose Ford’s Interceptor line.
Scott Hinkle, UAW 1219 chairman, offered his gratitude to the sheriff’s department, as well as the UAW 1219 membership, who work the lines every day to produce the engines.
“We’re obviously pleased that the sheriff’s department would purchase our product, and most importantly, that they’re happy with our product,” Hinkle said, adding that buying local helps drive a stronger economy.
Felix concluded the event by noting his appreciation to the community leaders of Lima for their outstanding support throughout the last 50-plus years. “We’ve been an engine producer here since 1957 and we’re proud of our engines and we’re proud of our vehicles. We’re delighted to see our own Ford vehicles out there protecting the citizens of Allen County.”