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Wednesday, 26 May 2021 22:02

Ford Renames MI Plant to Reflect Expanded Production Line, Commitment to Electrification

Left to right, John Savona, Ford vice president, manufacturing and labor affairs; Plant Manager Lisa Cittadino; Director of Manufacturing Debbie Manzano; and UAW Local 2280 Chair Nick Stefani reveal the plant’s new name---the Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center---to reflect the plant’s new role in Ford’s transition to electric vehicles. Left to right, John Savona, Ford vice president, manufacturing and labor affairs; Plant Manager Lisa Cittadino; Director of Manufacturing Debbie Manzano; and UAW Local 2280 Chair Nick Stefani reveal the plant’s new name---the Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center---to reflect the plant’s new role in Ford’s transition to electric vehicles. Ford

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A longtime Michigan powertrain components plant now has a new name and an expanded production line that aligns with Ford’s commitment to an electric future.

The Van Dyke Transmission Plant, in a nod to the advanced technology it will produce, will now be called the Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.
 
For the first time, the plant will produce electric motors and electric transaxles for hybrid and fully electric vehicles, such as the 2022 F-150 Lightning.

 

For more than 50 years, the Van Dyke Transmission Plant has produced suspension components and traditional transmissions for Ford’s internal combustion engine vehicles. In the past 10 years, the plant added hybrid transmissions to its production mix. Now, the plant is transitioning once again to support Ford’s commitment to electrification.

 

“The advanced technology we are using at the Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center is taking us to the next level for Ford’s electric future,” said John Savona, vice president, manufacturing and labor affairs, Ford Motor Company. “The electric transformation we are making now is going to allow us to scale quickly as customer interest grows for our new electric vehicles.”

 

The Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center is a 2 million-square foot facility that sits on 145 acres and employees approximately 1,050 people. Ford recently invested $150 million in the plant for additional tooling, retaining 225 jobs.

 

Currently, the plant produces conventional and hybrid transmissions for vehicles including the Ford Transit, Edge, Escape, EcoSport, Mondeo, Kuga, S-Max, Galaxy and Lincoln Corsair.

 

The Van Dyke plant started production in 1968, making front suspension parts. The plant produced its first transmission in 1993 with a four-speed automatic transaxle transmission for vehicles such as...


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