Where Are Ford Trucks Made?

by Rob Wagner

The Detroit-based Ford Motor Company manufactures its F-Series and Ranger trucks throughout the world. It also has other truck versions rebranded and sometimes redesigned for foreign sales. The Vehicle Identification Number in the driver's side door jamb of each truck features a code letter that identifies the assembly plant where the vehicle was built.

The Plants

These 2009 Ford F-Series trucks are ready for delivery.

Trucks are built in Oakville, Ontario; Dearborn, Michigan; Claycomo, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; St. Paul, Minnesota; Edison, New Jersey; and in Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam, Argentina and England.

North America

The Wayne, Michigan, plant opened in 1957 and produced trucks for 50 years.

The Wayne, Michigan, plant produced the F-Series truck for 50 years until 2007, while the Claycomo, Missouri, plant built 490,000 trucks alone in 2004.

F-Series Sales

The 100,000th Ford hybrid rolls off the assembly line.

Production of the F-Series truck has gradually declined from 869,001 trucks sold in 1999 to 515,513 in 2008.

St. Paul Plant

Ford Rangers are loaded onto a carrier at the St. Paul plant for delivery to dealers.

Ford considered closing the St. Paul, Minnesota, assembly plant in 2010 and drop the Ranger, but it has decided to extend the truck to 2011 because sales were better than the rest of the market.

South Africa Option

Ford Rangers got a reprieve with its production at St. Paul extended to 2010.

Ford considered keeping the Ranger alive further by building it in Thailand but rejected the idea due to high tariffs and, in 2009, was considering a potential South Africa operation.

Shrinking

F-Series trucks move along the assembly line at Claycomo, Missouri.

In 2006, Ford announced that 20 percent of its workforce will be laid off due to poor sales and 14 plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico will be closed.

About the Author

Rob Wagner is a journalist with over 35 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines. His experience ranges from legal affairs reporting to covering the Middle East. He served stints as a newspaper and magazine editor in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Wagner attended California State University, Los Angeles, and has a degree in journalism.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera Ford Motor Company