PORTLAND, Ore. - Freightliner will locate the regional headquarters for its newly acquired line of Ford heavy trucks in the Cleveland area.
The company plans to employ about 100 people at the new headquarters.
In addition, Mayflower Corp. was chosen as the supplier of truck cabs for the HN80 truck series purchased from Ford Motor Co.
Freightliner will invest $5.6 million in the Norwalk, Ohio, Mayflower plant for an expansion. Mayflower expects to add 40 to 50 new jobs as a result, according to Mayflower CEO John Wise.
Freightliner will relocate a $15 million robotic cab assembly system to the Mayflower plant from Ford's Kentucky Plant in Louisville later this year.
'We selected Cleveland in part because of its proximity to the St. Thomas, Ontario, manufacturing plant where the HN80 will be located,' said Freightliner CEO James Hebe.
In May, Freightliner and Ford signed definitive agreements that enabled Freightliner to buy Ford's technology, unique tooling and assembly equipment for Ford's heavy trucks.