Where are the jobs, Mr. President?
Ford CEO Alan Mulally will serve on the President’s Export Council (PEC) the White House announced today.
“Export growth leads to job growth and economic growth,” Obama said, as he named 18 business, labor and government leaders to a new export advisory council, “at a time when jobs are in short supply, building exports is an imperative.”
“President Obama recently set a national goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years. We applaud this forward-looking goal and I am honored to serve on the President’s Export Council and work toward helping America achieve it,” Mulally said in a Ford statement.
Ford Motor already exports about 250,000 vehicles annually – the equivalent of one final assembly plant, not including associated engine, transmission and other parts component plants. Vehicles exported from North America include the E-Series, Escape, Escape Hybrid, Expedition, Explorer, Focus, F-150, F-Series Super Duty, Mariner, MKS, Mustang, Mountaineer, Navigator, Ranger, and Taurus models.
It wasn’t immediately clear if this includes “exports” to Canada, and we await verification from Ford.
“At Ford, we believe an export-driven strategy is critical to achieving our shared goals of economic growth, job creation and a sustainable future. One thing is certain, for exports to grow we must ensure that market access for manufactured goods remains at the center of U.S. trade policy,” said Mulally.