There is already one thing coming out of an upcoming Trump Presidency. Ford is no longer building a new plant in Mexico. It’s scrapping plans to invest $1.6 billion in a new plant south of the border and instead will expand operations at its Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant.
The automaker announced its intentions Tuesday. The move comes after President-elect Donald Trump criticized Ford during the election for moving small car production south of the border.
But that’s water under the bridge now as Ford commits to spending $700 million to turn the Flat Rock plant into a factory capable of building high-tech electric and autonomous vehicles. The expansion, which will take place over four years, will create 700 direct new jobs.
Workers will build an all-new electric SUV there as well as a fully autonomous vehicle for ride-hailing or ride-sharing – along with the Mustang and Lincoln Continental.
Meanwhile, Ford still plans to move Focus production out of Michigan to Mexico. The next-generation Focus will be built at an existing plant in Hermosillo. But Ford says it will start building two new vehicles at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, safeguarding approximately 3,500 U.S. jobs.