Ford creates 700 U.S. jobs, nixes plan to move all small car production to Mexico


Ford is saying ‘detener‘ to plans that would have seen the iconic car company move all of its U.S. small car production to Mexico.

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The issue of Ford moving production of its Focus and C-Max small cars from suburban Detroit to Mexico made headlines last year during the election cycle.

But now the Detroit giant has reversed its plan to build a new $1.6 billion Mexican plant. The company will instead invest $700 million into a Flat Rock, Mich., manufacturing plant that will make self-driving and electric vehicles.

That move will add 700 employees to the Ford payroll right here at home.

However, USA Today reports the company still plans to manufacture its next-generation Focus sedan in Mexico at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico — just not at a new facility.

Ford’s efforts are just the latest move in what seems like a groundswell of activity to onshore jobs before President-elect Donald Trump takes office later this month. 

Last month, Japan’s SoftBank — the parent company of Sprint — made a pledge to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 U.S. jobs.

Sprint expects 5,000 of those jobs to come by the end of fiscal year 2017.

In addition, OneWeb — also owned in part by SoftBank — plans to create 3,000 new jobs in satellite production at a plant in Florida.


Separately, IBM has also announced plans to hire about 25,000 people in the U.S. and invest $1 billion over the next few years.

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