The investment, the company said, will lead to 700 new jobs. Trump, in a tweet sent early Tuesday, threatened to slap a tax on General Motors for importing compact cars to the USA from Mexico.
Also on Tuesday, Ford announced it has canceled plans for a $1.6 billion plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and instead will invest $700 million in MI and create 700 new U.S.jobs "as a vote of confidence in the economy", CEO Mark Fields told CNN.
The automotive company said in a statement it builds the cars it sells in the United States in an OH factory.
In an interview on CNN following the press announcement, Fields stressed the decision was made "independently" and had nothing to do with Trump's attacks.
Fields told Harlow that though he spoke to the president-elect and vice president-elect this morning, the decision was made "independently".
At its core, the Trump-brokered-but-not-really deal for the Indianapolis-based company was nothing more than ceding tax breaks to a company running a profitable factory. "It's a vote of confidence around some of the pro-growth policies that he has been outlining, and that's why we're making this decision".
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The risk to a border tax would be retaliation, with a lot of USA domestic auto production potentially at risk should Mexico follow Trump's lead and impose a tariff on US goods.
The move comes as President-elect Donald Trump insists that companies should focus manufacturing in the United States, rather than outsourcing to places like Mexico.
Fields announced plans to cancel Ford's $1.6-billion San Luis Potosi, Mexico assembly plant and will instead invest $700 million in Flat Rock, though it still plans to move Focus production to Hermosillo, Mexico.
Ford will build a battery electric SUV with a 300-mile (482-km) driving range at the MI plant by 2020, and will launch production there by 2021 of a fully autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel or a brake pedal for use in ride services fleets.
Good news from the auto industry today: Ford has nixed plans to build a new auto plant in Mexico. Suddenly, Ford has become the American automaker investing in America, while GM is printing up layoff notices that will go out to 2,000 workers in MI and OH just as Trump is taking office.
Trump had earlier said via Twitter, "Make in United States of America or pay big border tax!", which drew the attention of the public and several organizations. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!' he tweeted.