By Michael Martinez, Crain News Service
DETROIT – If you ask U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, he just saved thousands of U.S. jobs that big, bad Ford Motor Co. was about to move from Louisville, Ky., to Mexico.
To borrow a line from his debate performances during the recent presidential election: “Wrong.”
If the soon-to-be leader of the free world fancies himself such a champion of the American auto worker, he'd be wise to learn some basic facts about the car-making industry. Maybe his “friend” Bill Ford can help him out. William Clay “Bill” Ford Jr., the great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, serves as the auto maker's executive chairman.
For starters, there's a difference between an entire plant and a single line of a relatively small-volume vehicle.
Louisville Assembly was never in danger of closing and moving across the Rio Grande. The car maker did admit, however, that it was looking to move its Lincoln MKC crossover vehicle line to Mexico after the current model completes its product life cycle in 2019.
Ford has been vague on whether Mr. Trump's pressure factored into its decision to keep the MKC at Louisville.