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Fordís Change on Kentucky Plant Is an Olive Branch to Donald Trump Administration
http://www.wsj.com/articles/fords-change-on-kentucky-plant-is-an-olive-branch-to-donald-trump-administration-1479501654 ^ | 11/18/2016

Posted on 11/18/2016 1:40:19 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

Bill Ford’s phone call is the latest move by a business leader to thaw tension after Trump’s comments on trade

One of the U.S. auto industry’s best-known figures has extended an olive branch to President-elect Donald Trump by informing him the car maker won’t move a small amount of production to Mexico, the latest effort by a business leader to thaw tension stemming from the incoming administration’s position on key issues, including global trade.

Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford and chairman of Ford Motor Co., called Mr. Trump on Thursday to tell him the company was reversing course on a plan to eventually relocate Lincoln sport-utility production from Kentucky to a factory south of the U.S. border. The auto maker is sticking with its $1.6 billion construction of a new small-car plant in Mexico, but is signaling confidence in its ability to work with Mr. Trump on making U.S. manufacturing more attractive to multinational companies.

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TOPICS: US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: automakers; fordmotor; manufacturing; trumptransition
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1 posted on 11/18/2016 1:40:19 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Of course it is. They don’t want him putting a 35% tax on All of thier small cars coming in from Mexico. He has them right where he wants them.


2 posted on 11/18/2016 1:42:56 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“$1.6 billion construction” is a “small amount of production”?

Ford thanks you, WSJ.


3 posted on 11/18/2016 1:43:28 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Small cars are still moving to Mexico, so this seems like so much hot air to me.


4 posted on 11/18/2016 1:43:40 PM PST by DoughtyOne (The morning and the evening were the election day. People voted. The Lord saw, and it was good.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Most of the establishment players are not leaders, they’re followers.

When a strong leader like Trump takes power, most of them simply fall in line.


5 posted on 11/18/2016 1:44:30 PM PST by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: DoughtyOne

It’s no problem, Ford will be paying big to build them in Mexico.


6 posted on 11/18/2016 1:48:38 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: DoughtyOne

well, let’s see. Trump isn’t Beohner, he might actually do what he’s been saying for the last 25 years. He hasn’t even been in office yet and he’s already getting “olive branches”. I’ll reserve judgement


7 posted on 11/18/2016 1:54:35 PM PST by wiseprince
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I see on Twitter that self-appointed “fact checkers” claim that Trump never got Ford to stop moving a plant to Mexico!!!

This was part of their efforts to make the Trump University settlement a bigger thing than it is! PHOOEY to the phony “fact checkers”!!!!

I never get tired of winning, either!!!!


8 posted on 11/18/2016 1:55:23 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: dragnet2

They may be. That seems to be the plan.


9 posted on 11/18/2016 1:58:49 PM PST by DoughtyOne (The morning and the evening were the election day. People voted. The Lord saw, and it was good.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Jawboning works, and that’s what Trump did, without even that actual power of the office. He created a constraint to offshoring and Ford responded.

You wanna know what’s next? Bill Ford is going to ask for something. He read “Art of the Deal”.


10 posted on 11/18/2016 1:59:44 PM PST by bigbob (We have better coverage than Verizon - Can You Hear Us Now?)
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To: wiseprince

I agree.

That’s my take too.

My comment was more about Ford than Trump.

What’s the big deal if they leave Lincoln here, if they’re still sending small cars to Mexico?


11 posted on 11/18/2016 2:01:45 PM PST by DoughtyOne (The morning and the evening were the election day. People voted. The Lord saw, and it was good.)
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Weren’t they moving a small car plant to Mexico as well?

Keep that open. Bring jobs back.

Make American production a requirement to get the repatriation of capital tax break.


12 posted on 11/18/2016 2:05:58 PM PST by TigerClaws
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To: DoughtyOne

The Ford move to Mexico for the small cars that don’t really sell here is because there is a large well established auto manufacturing capability in Mexico. The country is home to all the biggies that are manufacturing not for Mexican or American consumption. The cars are made for export to places that buy small very cheap cars. That would especially be Africa and further south in central and south America.

The move allows Ford stock holders to profit from an otherwise nonexistent market.


13 posted on 11/18/2016 2:07:40 PM PST by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... Does America still have lots of safe closet?)
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To: bert

Bert, these are also cars that come back into the U.S.

That’s what the stink was all about.

Those that do are going to have a big fee slapped on them.

That’s fantastic IMO.


14 posted on 11/18/2016 2:11:28 PM PST by DoughtyOne (The morning and the evening were the election day. People voted. The Lord saw, and it was good.)
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To: MotorCityBuck

The handwriting is on the wall, and The Donald has not even assumed office yet.

There is a LOT of realignment going on in thinking right now.

Actually, the whole plant was not going to be relocated, as the Louisville Plant is still going to be in Kentucky (but NOT in Detroit). But the shift of production to Mexico is off the board right now.

Mexico does have organized auto workers unions, but they are MUCH weaker, comparatively, than the US auto workers unions. Their wage, benefit and retirement demands are all MUCH less than those that had successfully been negotiated by their US counterparts in the past, which have had a large, disproportionate even, effect on the bankruptcy and bailout of both GM and Chrysler. Ford did not participate in the bailout, but they were in a stronger position than GM or Chrysler, and did not even approach the dire straits of either of their competitors.


15 posted on 11/18/2016 2:14:22 PM PST by alloysteel (Je suis deplorable.)
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To: reasonisfaith

It makes me wonder if they were escaping an anticipated more hostile business climate that now won’t happen.


16 posted on 11/18/2016 2:17:56 PM PST by utahb52
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To: DoughtyOne

Well, it is a win win

Ford won’t bring back cars the small cars in question that Americans don’t like and in practice, there will be no cars sold with a 35% tariff.

There is a big caveat involved. Congress must legislate the tariff and will not


17 posted on 11/18/2016 2:18:50 PM PST by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... Does America still have lots of safe closet?)
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To: DoughtyOne

Its a start, but just 20,000 MKC’s sold Oct 2016 YTD. An Olive branch. Now let’s talk Focus, Fusion, etc and not move those vehicles


18 posted on 11/18/2016 2:26:26 PM PST by Darch
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To: bert

Free Traitor™ scum ought to buzz off and GTHO here. If they voted for Trump(which I doubt) then they are a bunch of hypocrites.


19 posted on 11/18/2016 2:26:30 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Newbie Economic troglodytes are ignorant and have no clue about the real world


20 posted on 11/18/2016 2:28:37 PM PST by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... Does America still have lots of safe closet?)
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