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Trump takes Credit for Keeping Automotive Production in Louisville

Donald J. Trump speaking with the media as he ran for president.

Donald J. Trump speaking with the media as he ran for president.

Donald J. Trump speaking with the media as he ran for president.

Donald J. Trump speaking with the media as he ran for president.

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“I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!” – Donald J. Trump.

President-elect Donald Trump is taking credit for keeping the Lincoln MKC production in Louisville.

The Louisville Ford Assembly Plant produce the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC and on Thursday Trump tweeted that he worked hard with Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, to keep the Lincoln production in Louisville. Many people wondered how much he really did to keep the production in Louisville and if he should really get the credit or not.

One of Trump’s key campaign promises was to keep companies from outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas, and Trump took credit on Twitter for keeping the Lincoln plant from leaving Louisville. Ford did plan on moving the production of the MKCs to Mexico in two years. The Lincoln MKC line makes up a small percentage of the work at the Louisville Assembly Plant and that was one reason Ford wanted to move the production.

Ford sent out a statement after Trump tweeted about his call with Ford. “We continue to engage with President-elect Trump’s team – and the new Congress – as they shape the policy agenda for 2017. We have shared our commitment to continue investing in the U.S. and creating American jobs – building on the $12 billion we have invested in our U.S. plants and the nearly 28,000 U.S. jobs Ford has created in the past five years. Ford continues to employ more American autoworkers and produce more American made vehicles than anyone. Today, we confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly Plant will stay in Kentucky. We are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States. We will have more details to share on our future plans at the appropriate time.”

In Trump’s first tweet he said, “Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky- no Mexico.” Ford and Trump met over the summer to talk jobs and how to keep those jobs in the USA. The Lincoln MKC production at the Louisville Assembly Plant began in 2014, but just a year later the plan was announced to move the MKC out of the Louisville Assembly Plant after the current UAW (United Auto Workers) contract in 2019. At the time of the announcement, Ford had made assurances to keep employment levels and invest $700 million in the plant.

The governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin tweeted that Trump was working with Ford “to keep smaller vehicle production” in Kentucky. Ford had no intentions of closing the Louisville Assembly Plant or any plant in the Bluegrass state.

Ford announced that no jobs will be effected and the production of Lincolns and Fords will be running beyond 2019 and their investment into the plant will stay the same.     

Trump's tweet taking credit for keep the Lincoln production in Kentucky.

Trump’s tweet taking credit for keep the Lincoln production in Kentucky.

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