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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Statement on Ford Investment in Mexico

April 5, 2016
Press Release

DEARBORN, MICongresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement on Ford’s announcement that it will invest $1.6 billion in a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

“Ford’s announcement today that they are investing $1.6 billion in their operations in Mexico is not surprising. Last year’s labor negotiations and the subsequent dialogue indicated this was likely to happen. The question to me is how do we create more jobs in Michigan and the United States? The answer is to enact trade agreements that crack down on currency cheating by other countries and create a more level playing field. 

“Ford remains an important and significant employer in Michigan and the country as a whole. Since 2011, Ford has invested $10.2 billion into U.S. plants and will invest $9 billion more over the next four years, including $4.8 billion right here in Michigan. Ford produces more vehicles in the U.S. than any other auto manufacturer and employs more hourly workers. We are thankful for their continued investment in Michigan and the American worker, but we need to enact smart trade policies that create an environment for manufacturing to thrive in the U.S. and compete in the global marketplace.”