Ford Reportedly Adding Second F-150 Frame Supplier
Even though Ford hasn’t confirmed this to be true, it had been rumored for awhile that Ford was having a difficult time with their frame supplier for the 2015 F-150. Ford F-150 sales have been lower in the first half of this year, even though the company is earning record profits thanks to higher transaction prices. However, according to Automotive News, Ford is adding a new supplier to build frames so that Ford can produce new F-150s at peak capacity.
The company, Tower International, is based in Livonia, Michigan, but has a production facility in Bellevue, Ohio. This plant used to make the frames for the Ranger and the Econoline vans. Even though they aren’t confirming publicly that they have received the frame contract, they recently posted help wanted ads locally.
Also, according to a grant filing with the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, they’ll be creating 138 full-time jobs. Tower has said in the past that they’ll be working closely with a big United States automaker, but didn’t name which one.
It seems all the signs are pointing to more F-150 frames coming from Bellevue, Ohio. In addition to being good for the local economy, it should help Ford make more of the best-selling vehicle in the country.
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via [Automotive News]