The heavy duty trucks that are manufactured by Ford have been built in Mexico recently and as of this week they will be instead rolling off the line in Ohio. This is great news for 1,000 Ford workers in the area who would have lost their jobs.
It is great publicity for Ford who had been blasted for making such large investments in Mexico. It was said at the start of the year that they would be investing around $2.5 billion in Mexican states and creating 3,800 jobs.
Ford’s south-of-the-border strategy has drawn heavy criticism from groups such as the United Auto Workers union and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The Avon Lake, Ohio, plant produced its first batch of Ford’s full-size F-650 and F-750 pick up trucks on Wednesday.
“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 move comes at a delicate time for Ford.
The United Auto Workers union is in negotiations with the automaker as well as General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) on new labor deals to replace those that expire next month. And promises by the automakers to keep production and jobs at U.S. plants is a major focus of the union.
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