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Ford Has The Right Number Of US Production Plants, Says CEO

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US President Donald Trump is committed to trying to get American automakers to bring more of their North American production back to the United States, especially repatriating those models currently built import-duty-free in Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Despite this, Ford feels it already has the right number of US manufacturing plants.¬†Ford Motor Company President and CEO Mark Fields told CNBC this week: “I think we have the appropriate amount of assembly plants here in the US. Of course, we’re always looking to growth our business and use our assets here even more.”

Ford already produces more vehicles in the United States than any other automaker, employing more hourly American workers in its manufacturing operations than either General Motors or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The company’s canceled $1.6-billion plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico would have created another 2,800 jobs in that country, for a total of roughly 11,600. Meanwhile, Ford¬†employs some 85,000 hourly US workers.

Ford’s CEO still looks forward to what he believes will be a business-friendly environment under the new US President. “We volunteered to continue to work with his administration on policies that will support both investment and job creation here in the US,” he told CNBC. “We have to see how the policies develop and solidify over time.”

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Charles Carter

    I don’t know how I feel about this. I understand that you have to do what you have to do to make money but when a company that has “pride” in being from a certain country and “loves” that country but then they say “Nah we’re good we have enough here,” it bothers me a little. I dream to own my own car manufacturing company someday and one thing I have always said is that every vehicle will be made here in America if I cannot afford to build it here then I’m not supposed to be building it. Don’t get me wrong I love cars from all over the world, pretty much if a country makes a car I have a favorite one from that country. I don’t know but me personally I believe they could stretch their legs out some more here.

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  2. mark reisen

    go fomoco! the trump is not in the car and the number 1 selling truck business in the last 40 years! henry ford built and put america on wheels with the model t and not not the donold! go for what you know.

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