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Lincoln SUV Production Not Shifting to Mexico, Ford tells Trump

Reuters

First published: November 18, 2016, 1:30 PM IST | Updated: November 18, 2016
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Lincoln SUV Production Not Shifting to Mexico, Ford tells Trump
Ford has no plans to shift manufacturing plants out of US. (Photo: Reuters)

Ford Motor Co-Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr told him the automaker would not move production at a Kentucky plant to Mexico, said U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday.

"I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!" Trump posted on Twitter. "He will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky - no Mexico."

Ford has repeatedly said it has no plans to close any U.S. plants and likely could not do so under the terms of the current United Auto Workers contract that expires in 2019.

"We are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States," said Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker, in a statement.

The U.S. No. 2 automaker is planning to move some small-car production south of the border.

Ford said in April 2015 it planned to invest $2.5 billion to build two new plants in Mexico, adding 3,800 jobs in all.

Earlier this year, Ford said it will invest a further $1.6 billion in Mexico for small-car production to start in 2018.

Ford has endured scathing criticism from Trump over its Mexican investments for nearly 18 months.

The Republican candidate repeatedly said during his long presidential campaign that if elected he would not allow Ford to open a new plant in Mexico and would slap hefty tariffs on any Ford vehicles made in Mexico.

In September, Ford confirmed that all of the company's small-car production will leave U.S. plants and head to lower-cost Mexico by 2019, but no plants would be closed as a result.

In October, Bill Ford said he had met with Trump to talk about his extensive attacks on the automaker's investments in Mexico.

Ford said Trump's criticism was "infuriating" and "frustrating" because of the company's extensive investments and employment in the United States.

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