Ford Loosens Purse Strings, Showers Michigan With Cash

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
ford loosens purse strings showers michigan with cash

The $6 billion in funding promised in Ford Motor Company’s new four-year labor contract is starting to be seen and heard. Having secured a walletful of incentives from the state of Michigan, Ford is now promising about $1.45 billion and 3,000 new jobs for the Southeast Michigan area.

Ford’s cash dump, announced Tuesday, will flow into three facilities in the area, one of which doesn’t yet exist.

The automaker’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, receives roughly half of the money and stands to add 2,700 jobs over the coming three years. While the plant’s Ranger and upcoming Bronco (due for a reveal next spring) will absorb some of that $750 million, the funding will also go towards the construction of a Wayne modification center.

“Employees at Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle, Bronco and Ranger modification center in Wayne will complete Ford’s first autonomous vehicles starting in 2021, including installing the vehicles’ unique self-driving technology and unique purpose-built interiors,” the automaker said in a release, adding somewhat cryptically, “At that same location, Bronco and Ranger will be modified for customers.”

Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly was originally the intended site for the company’s autonomous efforts, but that changed earlier this year. Back in March, Ford claimed Flat Rock would instead churn out the existing Mustang and a crop of electric Ford and Lincoln models, punting its future AV operations to an unspecified locale in the Southeast Michigan area.

The Detroit News reports that Ford garnered $35.3 million in state incentives for its Michigan investments.

Elsewhere in the region, Ford’s Dearborn truck plant will receive $700 million and add 300 jobs to support production of hybrid and electric variants of the brand’s F-150 pickup. The hybrid model appears next year; the EV should debut in 2021. The Dearborn investment includes a facility where battery cells — a whole lot of them — will be packaged into the truck’s no-doubt-massive battery packs.

[Image: Ford]

Comments
Join the conversation
 2 comments
  • Dont.fit.in.cars Dont.fit.in.cars on Dec 17, 2019

    It’s all Trumps’ fault....curse you villain

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 17, 2019

    "The hybrid model appears next year; the EV should debut in 2021." This might have a shot, Mock-EV eh not so much. Maybe they pushed the "mustang" model so it can experience the teething issues ahead of F-150? That actually would make at least -some- sense.

  • Randy in rocklin The Japanese can be so smart and yet so dumb. I'm America-Japanese and they really can be dumb sometimes like their masking paranoia.
  • Bunkie The Flying Flea has a fascinating story and served, inadvertently, to broaden the understanding of aircraft design. The crash described in the article is only part of the tale.
  • Master Baiter "I like the Earth."The idea that modern combustion engines are incompatible with the ongoing survival of the Earth, or of humanity, is breathtakingly stupid. Climate alarmism is akin to a religion--one to which I do not subscribe.
  • Skippity Key takeaways.Toyota is run by competent businessmen.Art doesn’t like Toyota.
  • MaintenanceCosts Audi has been a full player in the German luxury club for 20 years. It started to get there with the first A4, which was a 500-foot home run, and then achieved full recognition with the spectacular D3 A8.
Next