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Ford Moving Two Key Models from Michigan to Mexico?

Maker confirms move but insists it has not decided on final location.

by on Jul.09, 2015

The 2016 Ford Focus.

(This story has been updated reflecting comments by Ford.)

In a surprise announcement, Ford said it will move two key models from a suburban Detroit assembly plant to another factory when they’re redesigned in 2018. There has been widespread news reportage indicating the Ford Focus and C-Max models will be shifted to Mexico, but the maker has said a final production site has not yet been determined.

The news come shortly after Ford announced it would drop a third shift at the Michigan Assembly Plant due to weak sales of the products built there, including the Ford Focus and the C-Max.

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The announcement also precedes by barely two weeks the start-up of quadrennial contract talks between the second-largest Detroit automaker and the United Auto Workers Union. That has at least one well-placed labor source wondering whether the decision, more than three years ahead of the actual move, might be a bargaining ploy.


Smiles for the Cameras – But Serious Issues Nag Ford/UAW Talks

Two sides press for labor peace.

by on Aug.01, 2011


UAW President Bob King shares a ceremonial handshake with Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr.

Despite some differences over pay and jobs, officials from the Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers Union insist they are committed to resolving their differences over terms of the new contract without a strike.

Talks were delayed by the Friday announcement of a new federal fuel economy standard – Ford CEO Alan Mulally and UAW President Bob King among those attending a White House ceremony.  It’s unclear whether that gave them an opportunity to discuss some of the very real challenges that face Ford, the last of the Detroit Big Three to sit down at the bargaining table.


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The only domestic maker that could even face a strike – due to the terms of the 2009 General Motors and Chrysler bailouts – Ford has had more than 30 years of cordial relations with the UAW.  But both sides have nagging issues that they intend to resolve over the next six weeks.  Ford Ford, there’s the challenge of remaining competitive. For Ford workers, the emphasis will be on jobs – though the large bonuses paid to Mulally and other senior managers is a big sticking point, especially if workers are asked to make further concessions.

But as the cameras rolled while bargainers extended the traditional, ceremonial handshake, Ford Chairman Bill Ford aimed to set a positive tone, suggesting the event was, “like welcoming old friends back.”