President-Elect Donald J. Trump has not even taken the oath of office, but he is already taking steps to make America great again. One of Trump’s campaign trail predictions came true less than a week after he won the 2016 presidential race.
Ford has decided not to continue making its heavy duty trucks at a plant in Mexico. More than 1,000 Ford factory workers in Ohio will begin building the popular truck models! Ford is starting this project in its Ohio plants this week!
During the campaign, Donald Trump said it would barely take 24 hours after announcing his tax on goods by American companies before he got phone calls saying the job exporters had changed their minds. The president-elect did not even have to formally craft a new trade agreement and import taxes before We the People started reaping rewards.
The decision to begin making the heavy duty trucks in Ohio was a great PR move by Ford. The company has long been vehemently criticized for investing money and resources into Mexico. As previously reported by the Angry Patriot, Ford has also drawn ire for pledging donations to the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to CNN Money, Ford stated back in April it planned to invest $2.5 billion in transmission plants in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanajuato. The investment by the American automaker would have created about 3,800 jobs in Mexico rather than the United States.
“Our investment reinforces our commitment to building vehicles in America,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President, The Americas. “Working with our partners in the UAW, we found a way to make the costs competitive enough to bring production of a whole new generation of work trucks to Ohio.”
The United Auto Workers union has joined Donald Trump in his criticism of Ford’s plans to expand production in Mexico. The Avon Lake, Ohio auto industry employees were reportedly very concerned about losing their jobs before getting the greenlight for the heavy duty truck production. If the plant had slowed or shut down, the impact on the community could have been devastating.
The United Auto Workers union is also reportedly in the midst of negotiations with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors. The current labor deal the workers and the companies are bound to expires in December.
In July, Ford announced plans to send production of both the Focus and C-Max from Wayne, Michigan. Although the company did not state where it was going to send the work, many believed it was also headed south of the border.
There are about 4,000 workers at the Wayne Ford plant. We would bet that many of them voted for Donald Trump in an effort to protect their jobs—and by extension their families and community.
Getting American automakers to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States is a prime topic of discussion and focus for union leaders. Vows made by the president-elect pertaining to the exportation of jobs and importations of goods are likely weighing heavily on the minds of company executives.
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