In a recent announcement, Ford revealed its new plans to make new investments in three local Michigan plants. Following new developments, the motor company will now invest a total of at least $1.2 billion to construct and retool vehicle plants within the United States. Other existing Ford plants are locating throughout Michigan and also in Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and New York. There are a number of international factories as well.
A more detailed report from Ford provided plans for an $850 million investment in Wayne, a $150 million expansion of the Romeo Engine Plant, and a $200 million plan for a data center in the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Flat Rock also received an additional $700 million investment back in January with a focus on electrified and autonomous vehicles. Ford elaborated that the Romeo expansion alone would “create or retain” 130 jobs, though exact job estimates for the other plans remained unclear.
Nevertheless, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation Steve Arwood remains positive at the news calling the announcement “the biggest day ever in Michigan.” The United Auto Workers also praised the new deal for product investment within the state. UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles released a statement reading “Thanks to collective bargaining, the hard-working men, and women at each of these locations will now reap the full fruits of their labor. We look forward to celebrating more product investment and job growth at each of our UAW-represented facilities in the months and years to come.”
Ford previously announced its plans to invest in American facilities in February with many plans for the Wayne and Romeo plant being developed since 2015. These new developments will begin next year in time to produce 2019 and 2020 vehicles while construction on Flat Rock is expected to start this year. With their new expansion, Ford hopes to refocus on their successfully truck and SUV division for the upcoming years.