Carrier Jobs Saved….Is Ford Next? Details Inside.
It’s been 3 weeks since the election. He’s still “President-elect” Trump. And he’s already saved the Indiana-based Carrier Air Conditioning plant….and it’s looking like he’s set his sights on Ford next.
Both Carrier and Ford were common talking points for Trump on the campaign trail. Speaking to crowds of up to 30,000 at each venue, Trump would commonly reference the plans of Carrier and Ford to build new mega-facilities in Mexico, leaving behind thousands of lost American jobs.
Amid all his other duties of things like speaking with world leaders, building his cabinet, and getting up to speed on confidential news briefings, Trump found time to negotiate a deal saving the Indiana-based Carrier plant. The deal was announced this week.
Now comes word that Trump is looking to save even more jobs from heading to a Mexico-based new Ford plant.
Ford Motor Co. was a target of Donald Trump’s criticism on the campaign trail for building cars in Mexico, and now that Trump will be president, Ford said it’s willing to work with him to keep jobs in the U.S. — provided Trump puts the right policies in place, according to the automaker’s chief executive officer.
The No. 2 U.S. carmaker was one of the companies Trump singled out on the campaign trail for sending production to Mexico. The Republican threatened to slap a 35 percent tariff on cars Ford builds south of the border and ships back to the U.S.
After the Nov. 8 election, Trump phoned Executive Chairman Bill Ford to discuss the carmaker’s plan to move manufacture of the Lincoln MKC sport utility vehicle to Mexico from a plant in Louisville, Kentucky, Fields said. The discussion helped convince Ford to keep building the Lincoln in the U.S.
Trump influenced the decision “because of what he’s talking about in terms of his economic policies, whether it’s tax reform or otherwise,” Fields said.
Fields said Ford would now continue its dialog with Trump. The auto industry may seek clean-air credits for self-driving cars, which could reduce fuel consumption and emissions by helping traffic move more smoothly.
Ford shares have gained 6.6 percent since Trump’s election.
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