Ford in­vest­ing $1.2 bil­lion in plants

Pres­i­dent Trump hails plans for au­tomaker to add jobs in Michi­gan.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - From wire ser­vices Ford

Ford Mo­tor Com­pany will in­vest $1.2 bil­lion in three Michi­gan fac­to­ries, paving the way for a re­turn of the Ranger pickup and Bronco sport util­ity ve­hi­cle and win­ning praise from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

About $1 bil­lion of Ford’s spend­ing will go to­ward en­gine and as­sem­bly plants for the Ranger and Bronco mod­els that will re­place pro­duc­tion of slow-sell­ing Fo­cus com­pact cars, which is mov­ing to Mex­ico. An­other $200 mil­lion will go to­ward a new ad­vanced data cen­ter at Ford’s fac­tory in Flat Rock, Michi­gan, where the com­pany al­ready has said it will add 700 jobs.

The au­tomaker’s an­nounce­ment was pre­viewed in an early morn­ing tweet from Trump, who two weeks ago urged car com­pa­nies to fol­low his pledge for eased reg­u­la­tions with more hir­ing.

“Big an­nounce­ment by Ford to­day,” Trump posted early Tuesday. “Major in­vest­ment to be made in three Michi­gan plants. Car com­pa­nies com­ing back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!”

The in­vest­ments were part of con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions with the United Auto Work­ers union in 2015, Joe Hin­richs, Ford’s pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­cas, said in an in­ter­view. The au­tomaker said it plans to cre­ate or re­tain 130 jobs in its Romeo, Michi­gan, en­gine fac­tory. Work­ers at its as­sem­bly plant in Wayne, Michi­gan, will start mak­ing the Ranger in 2018

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