Donald Trump Has Attacked All These Companies Over Jobs in America

Darnell ReidJan 04, 2017

But the plant that's being canceled is in San Luis Potosi, and was slated to make the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max, both small cars, while leaving more lucrative truck and SUV production in America-and, in theory, securing the future of those plants better than small sedans ever could.

Ford CEO Mark Fields said the company decided in recent weeks not to build the plant because of declining demand for small cars in the U.S. It will still move production of the Focus to Mexico, but that will go to an existing plant in Hermosillo.

Ford may also be expecting the market to drastically cool off. CNNMoney noted auto sales show signs of declining in 2017, so that's potentially an indicator why the company's bringing only a fraction of as many jobs to MI as there would've been in Mexico.

"Our view is that we see a more positive USA manufacturing business environment under President-elect Trump and the pro-growth policies and proposals that he's talking about, so this is a vote of confidence for President-elect Trump and some of the policies that they may be pursuing", Fields said. "We did it for our business", Fields said to CNN. Trump and Pence will officially be sworn in on January 20.

"Make in U.S. or pay big border tax!"

GM responded that almost all the Chevy Cruze vehicles sold in the US are made here. All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the USA are built in GM's assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The Mexican-built hatches are sold in a number of countries, including the U.S. Trump also pledged he would rewrite the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), tax imports and punish USA companies, including Ford.

For one thing, that "improved US economy" Fields cited? Mexico was the United States' second-largest goods export market in 2015, according to the government Office of the United States Trade Representative, with machinery ($83 billion) and vehicles ($22 billion) the top export categories. For that reason not just US automakers, but Japanese, German and South Korean manufacturers as well, have been moving domestic production lines to Mexico.

The company outlined detailed plans for seven of the 13 new hybrid or electric vehicles it plans to introduce in the next five years. He posted in a series of tweets on Twitter: "There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border". The plant will also roll out new technology, such as a station that wirelessly charges electric vehicles.

Michigan's national leadership in advanced manufacturing continued today with the announcement that Ford Motor Co. will create a Manufacturing Innovation Center at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Hinrichs would not reveal what those models would be. Factory workers on site reportedly gathered and applauded the announcement.

Shortly after Trump was elected in November, he tweeted that Ford had made a decision to keep a Lincoln plant in Kentucky rather than move it to Mexico.

Like many automakers, Ford has over the last two decades moved some production of small vehicles to Mexico, where labor costs are cheaper.

"This innovative technology will allow you to charge your vehicle simply by driving over a charging pad", Ford said.

"And we mentioned also at the same time this is what we do as a business", he said.

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