Call it a win for President-elect Donald Trump — he probably will — or just call it smart planning on the part of the Ford Motor Company, but today the company made big news about its future investments in Mexico. At a press conference held in Michigan, Ford’s CEO Mark Fields announced they are cancelling their plans to invest in a new plant in Mexico.
Instead of investing $1.6 billion in a new facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Ford is instead investing $700 million in expansion of the Flat Rock, Michigan plant. Currently, the Flat Rock plant produces the iconic Ford Mustang and the Lincoln Continental.
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Soon, thanks to this investment and an additional 700 jobs, Ford will make several new high tech electrified and autonomous vehicles there. The Mustang and Continental stay, of course.
It should be noted that this does not affect the Michigan Assembly plant, where the Focus and C-Max are produced. Plans are still to shift that production to Mexico for the sake of company profitability. Besides, we’re still of the belief that that plant in Michigan will produce the new Ford Bronco and Ranger pickup truck.
This is obviously a huge win for the workforce at Flat Rock and the neighboring communities. According to Mr. Fields, one new auto job creates seven new jobs in the community.
Plus, it keeps the President-elect happy.
— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) January 3, 2017