After Ford, Trump Tells Other U.S. Automakers “You’re Next”
GOP Candidate Going After Companies Building In Mexico
The auto industry may be a complex, globalized network of suppliers, manufacturers, and logistics, but don’t tell that to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. In his simplistic executive summary of the North American auto industry, building in the U.S. is “good” and investing and building in Mexico is “bad.” Over the last few weeks, Trump has singled out Ford for announcing that Focus production beyond 2018 will be moved from Warren, Michigan, to Mexico.
However, Ford officials have claimed that Warren will remain operational and build future products, even after the transition of Focus production south of the border. Trump said he wasn’t going to let General Motors or Fiat Chrysler off the hook either for their substantial investments in Mexico, many of which go back decades.
Lest you think all of a sudden Trump is best buddies with the United Auto Workers, in one of his more recent speeches, covered by The Detroit News, he advocated automakers building in non-union plants, which he claims would ultimately force union workers to settle for lower wages. He said, “After Michigan loses a couple of plants, all of a sudden you’ll make good deals in your area.” The Detroit Three are currently bound by contracts with the UAW to hire union workers anywhere they operate a plant in the U.S.
Yesterday, in a somewhat ironic news twist, Ford announced the start of production of 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks at its Avon Lake, Ohio, plant, one of the rare instances where production of a model went from Mexico to the U.S. The popular Ford Fusion midsize sedan is built in two factories, one in Mexico and the other in Michigan.
Source: The Detroit News