Whoever first said that “history repeats itself” was more right than he or she will ever know.
President-elect Donald Trump has again fallaciously taken credit for saving Ford manufacturing jobs in the US; as Jalopnik reports, the future leader of the free world took to Twitter Thursday night to assure his followers that he “worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln [MKC] plant in Kentucky.” The problem with that statement is that, while Ford is indeed fixing to eventually shift MKC production away from the Louisville Assembly Plant, the more popular Ford Escape that’s also built there isn’t going away.
In other words, Ford had absolutely no plans of shutting down the Louisville Assembly Plant – only moving the MKC out to grant more capacity to the Escape. Ford’s latest contract with the United Auto Workers union says as much.
Donald Trump’s mistaken sense of accomplishment in this matter is eerily similar to his boasting in October of last year that he’d successfully pushed Ford into canceling its multi-billion-dollar expansion plans in Mexico. The president-elect used Ford as his punching bag throughout his presidential campaign, at one point even saying that the automaker was planning to “fire all of their employees” in the US and move south of the border after the announcement that all North American small-car production would be shifted to Mexico.
Ford released a statement in response to Mr. Trump’s Twitter boasting which said that the automaker “confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly Plant will stay in Kentucky.” The automaker said it is “encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve US competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States.”
Jalopnik reports that Ford is considering its plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico as a future production home for the Lincoln MKC after 2019, but that production will be balanced out, and Louisville Assembly Plant kept open.