U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Ford Motor Co Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr told him the carmaker would not move a Kentucky plant to Mexico, just days after his victory.
Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker said late on Thursday the automaker “confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly plant will stay in Kentucky.”
“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,” she added, in a statement.
Here were Trump’s tweets on the matter:
The Daily Caller reported that:
Ford’s Kentucky plant is home to production of their SuperDuty pickup truck line. During his campaign, Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Ford if they moved manufacturing out of the country. This led to a meeting between Bill Ford and Trump in October.
A 2015 auto union contract reportedly required manufacturing to be moved out of Ford’s Kentucky plan in 2019.
Ford also made a commitment in its 2015 contract with the United Auto Workers union to invest $700 million in the Louisville plant over the next four years.