The Ford Motor Company is reportedly scrapping plans for building a plant in Mexico thanks to criticism by President-elect Donald Trump.
Ford’s chief executive officer, Mark Fields, announced Tuesday that the company will not be moving ahead with its plans to build a $1.6 billion plant south of the border, according to CNBC. The automaker will instead invest $700 million in its Flat Rock, Michigan factory, where it will add 700 direct new jobs.
Trump was told of the decision by Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr. who said he spoke with the president-elect Tuesday morning, CNBC reported.
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“We’re also encouraged by the pro-growth policies that President-elect Trump and the new Congress have indicated that they will pursue,” Fields said in the announcement made at the Flat Rock plant.
Ford’s Mustang sports car and Lincoln Continental sedan are built at the Flat Rock plant, which is south of Detroit. The Fusion family sedan was also built there until February when the company moved production to its primary plant in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Ford came under fire by Trump during his presidential campaign for its plans to relocate small car production to Mexico, and subsequently scrapped plans to move production of the Lincoln MKC sport utility across the border.
Trump influenced the decision by the automaker to continue building the MKC in its Louisville, Kentucky, factory according to Fields, Bloomberg reported.
And while Trump took credit for Ford’s decision to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky, he will no doubt also claim a victory in the company’s latest announcement.
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