Published: 3/6/2019 9:31:14 PM
You might recall, a little more than a year ago, when liberals were absolutely giddy over the news that Ford was going to be building an automotive plant in Mexico after all. It was seen as a defeat for President Trump’s America first ideas and a failure of one of his campaign promises. I wonder what they’ll be saying now? The company just announced that the Mexico deal has been scrapped and they will instead be expanding a plant in Michigan, adding hundreds of new jobs. (USA Today)
Ford Motor announced Tuesday that it would cancel plans for a $1.6 billion Mexico plant and launch a Michigan expansion in a move that may be viewed as a capitulation to Donald Trump.
Ford CEO Mark Fields said the company would spend $700 million and add 700 jobs to “transform and expand” its Flat Rock, Mich. manufacturing plant to make autonomous and electric vehicles.
“Make no mistake about it — Ford is a global automaker but our home is right here in the United States,” Fields said at a press conference.
This is an interesting development, mostly for the people of Michigan. A 700 job expansion is nothing to sneeze at and with technology increasingly moving in the direction of autonomous vehicles, this will keep them in a growing market. But it’s also something that will be of great interest to the President as we head into the next election cycle. After only narrowly carrying the state in 2016 with a plurality, beating Clinton by barely half a point, his approval ratings have been underwater there by as much as 15 points recently.
If this decision by Ford is viewed as a feather in Trump’s cap, that means the Democrats will once again have a lot of work to do in a state that they previously were able to take for granted. (Hillary Clinton definitely took it for granted in 2016 and the results were fatal.) But in 2018 they seemed to have regained their mojo in a significant way. They won the races for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state. It was the first time they took all three of those seats in a single election since Reagan was in office.
But as I mentioned above, this is one announcement that should really be looked at outside of partisan politics. Whether you love the President or despise him, this is good news for Michigan. A big boost in manufacturing jobs radiates outward like a rising tide, helping with their struggles in housing and retail markets. Let’s hope this trend continues.
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