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Ford Stays in the USA and Sparks Hope

Josh Hafif, Staff Writer

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The citizens of the United States are losing jobs as manufacturing plants choose to move to Mexico in hopes of a greater net profit. Mexico has fewer safety restrictions, less strict labor laws, and cheaper minimum wages. When this is combined with cheap or free taxes to import back to the United States, manufacturers have a tough time turning down the offer.

Ford was one of the latest companies to announce its desire to move productions to Mexico. Donald Trump has made numerous statements throughout his campaign that pertain to keeping jobs from leaving the United States, with plans that would make it less profitable to move production out of the country, and more profitable to stay in the U.S.

Trump showed his plans to this by stating, “No reason for them to leave anymore, because your taxes are gonna [sic] be at the very, very low end, and your unnecessary regulations are gonna [sic] be gone.” Shortly after Trump’s win in the general election, Ford motor announced its plans to cancel a $1.6 billion dollar plant and instead spend $700 million to, “transform and expand” its manufacturing plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Ford CEO Mark Fields went on to state, “This is a vote of confidence for President-elect Trump and some of the policies he may be pursuing.”

This decision would expand the plant to make room for the creation of autonomous and electric vehicles, including a small SUV with a 300 mile battery life, and a hybrid F-150 truck. The plants to expand the Michigan plant would also add 700 permanent jobs to the already existent 3,600.

Trump’s remarks did not completely stop the movement of productions from the United States to Mexico. Ford acknowledged this, and stated that they would still be moving the production of the Ford Focus sedan to Mexico but, “it will be built at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, not at a new facility”.

The decision to remain in the United States was a big move for Ford, but Fields went on to back up his decision by stating in a recent press conference, “Make no mistake about it — Ford is a global automaker but our home is right here in the United States.”

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