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said Friday it will resume production at its Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1, idled since 2007, to build the company's new fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines.

The plant is gearing up to make 3.5-liter efficient V-6 engines that will be optional on the 2010 Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT and Ford Flex and standard on the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO.

We all know about the slew of bad happenings in the auto sector --

GM

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and

Chrysler

in need of government aid, sales plunging at those two, at

Toyota

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and

Honda

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, and yes, at Ford -- so it's nice to be reminded that it's not all bleak all the time at the carmakers.

Ford, based in Dearborn, Mich., invested $55 million for upgrades at the Cleveland plant to build the EcoBoost engine. According to the company, the engines can achieve an up to 20% improvement in fuel efficiency and a 15% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, compared with larger engines, without sacrificing power.

Approximately 250 employees will be on the shift that will build the engine. The plant will be staffed by workers from the existing three plants at the site.

Ford's Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 has a long history, opening in 1951 as the company's first engine plant in Ohio. Since then it has produced more than 35 million engines.