Ford to move all production to Mexico 0

Ford-to-move-all-production-to-MexicoIn a move that has infuriated Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Ford has announced plans to move its entire car production operation to Mexico. Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields said in a statement on Wednesday that, “We will have migrated all of our small scale car production to Mexico and out of the United States, over the next two to three years,” His comments were made at an investor conference hosted by the motoring giant.

Donald Trump, who was busy campaigning in Michigan, called the decision “horrible”. The republican has been a long standing critic of Ford’s Mexican operations. If elected, he has promised to try and pressure the carmaker into a u-turn regarding the decision. “We shouldn’t allow it to happen,” he said.

Ford has responded to Trump’s criticism in the past, by saying that as a leading global company, they should be making solid business decisions. The company is currently constructing a brand new $1.6 billion assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Production of small cars is expected to commence there in 2018.

It has been projected that the facility will employ up to 2,800 Mexican workers according to US News & World Report. In April 2016, Trump branded Ford’s decision to build a plant in Mexico as ‘an absolute disgrace’ and shows the necessity to renegotiate the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At the time, he said in an emailed statement: “This transaction is an absolute disgrace. Our dishonest politicians and the special interests that control them are laughing in the face of American citizens.”

Trump went on to say that deals such as the one the American automaker made to construct the Mexican plant, “will continue until we can renegotiate NAFTA to create a fair deal for American workers”.

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