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Ford to expand Michigan plant

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Ford canceling plans for $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, investing $700 million in Michigan expansion instead
Berkeley Lovelace Jr.@BerkeleyJr
 
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Ford Mustangs go through assembly at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant August 20, 2015 in Flat Rock, Michigan. Ford cancels plans for $1.6B plant in Mexico  
 
Ford Motor, which had been bashed by Donald Trump for shipping jobs outside the U.S., announced Tuesday that it will cancel production of a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, and will instead invest $700 million in Flat Rock, Michigan.
 
The U.S. auto giant said it will add 700 direct new jobs in Flat Rock to produce high-tech electrified and autonomous vehicles, plus the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental.
 
Ford had originally planned to build its Ford Focus in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The company said it will continue to build its Focus at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, to improve company profitability.
 
Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said he spoke with President-elect Trump on Tuesday morning to tell him of the decision to invest in the U.S. and cancel the Mexico plant, according to Reuters.
 
"We're also encouraged by the pro-growth policies that President-elect Trump and the new Congress have indicated that they will pursue," Ford President and CEO Mark Fields said in a statement.
 
A source told Reuters there were no negotiations between Trump and the company.
 
In Twitter posts, Trump claimed credit for Ford's announcement.
 
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Ford is grandstanding here as they have been building Focus sedans for quite some time in Hermosillo, MEX. Due to the huge drop in mid size sedan sales, they would never think about building another plant. Profits are also razor thin in this segment. Earlier this year, FCA (Chysler) discontinued production of the Dodge Dart and severely curtailed production of the 200. People in the USA are moving toward SUV's.

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People in the USA are moving toward SUV's.

The station wagon makes a comeback.

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The station wagon makes a comeback.

 

Ford had promised a Focus wagon several years ago and still waiting!

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