SHEFFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine joined other Ohio leaders and Ford Motor Company executives to announce the assembly of a new commercial electric vehicle in Ohio plants.

On Thursday, the leaders met at Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Sheffield Ohio. In addition to DeWine, Lt. Governor John Husted, Jobs Ohio president and CEO J.P. Nauseef and Ford Motor Company Executives spoke concerning this new development.

Ford executives explained that not only will more jobs be coming to the area, but existing employees will also receive a pay raise. Those who do come into the new positions will receive better benefits from day one at the factory. Executives said they expect to build over 1,800 new jobs in Ohio between the various plants.

And that’s not all it will do.

“It’s worth mentioning that, when you build a facility like this, that you create many additional jobs…that will support the business and be part of the supply chain for this facility,” Husted said. “It’s going to create a lot more jobs around the area and in Ohio.”

Earlier Thursday morning, DeWine met with Husted, Nauseef and Ford executives to announce that Ford would be investing $1.5 billion into the Ford Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake to assemble a new commercial electric vehicle.

The Associated Press reported that the expansion at the Avon Lake plant would add 1,800 new jobs, and that 90 jobs would be added in Lima and Sharonville. This development will be substantial for the Avon Lake facility, which has been on the edge of closure for much of its life.

“The Avon Lake facility represents the automotive heritage of Ohio and our world-class labor workforce and also our shared commitment with Ford to advancing innovation as we transition – together – to the EV space for future production,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “As manufacturing continues to evolve in Lorain County, JobsOhio and our partners are committed to protecting and growing Ohio’s automotive industry by positioning the state as a global EV leader.”