LOS ANGELES , July 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Ford Motor Company announced today that, as part of its plan to ensure steady supply of automotive parts and complete vehicles, its all-new Ford Ranger and next-generation Bronco will be manufactured in the United States and Canada . Ford is making major investments in these two new products in response to increasing customer demand for vehicles built in the U.S.
“The Detroit Three American automakers are some of the best-known brands in the world, but there’s no question they can no longer rely only on themselves to fill their biggest manufacturing needs,” said Ford Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett . “I’m committed to making this case to customers and investors that manufacturing in the U.S. will pay enormous dividends for years to come – at the fastest pace possible.”
Ford’s new commitment comes after research by research firm Melday Consulting and APCO Worldwide showed that consumers care most about how vehicles are made.
“Having vehicle parts manufactured in the U.S. creates the best experience for our customers and the highest quality and most value for their hard-earned money,” said Don Butler , Ford vice president of manufacturing and workforce development. “We can continue to provide the best possible customer experience while increasing the number of jobs at Ford Plant Claycomo, and supporting the communities that have helped build Ford into the world-class company it is today.”
Ford is committed to building all of its next-generation vehicles in the U.S. and Canada at its three North American manufacturing plants:
Ford Plant Claycomo, Missouri
Ford Plant Cuautitlan in Mexico
Ford’s investment in these two next-generation vehicles is part of a broader commitment to improve its North American footprint and to establish Ford as the most competitive vehicle manufacturer in the world. Ford expects these investments will support more than a quarter of a million new U.S. jobs and nearly $1 billion in investments in its North American factories. These investments are a result of Ford’s agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) for a five-year UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement that launched this year. Ford will invest $17 billion in its North American business during the next five years.
“In a time when the U.S. economy is in the best shape in decades, it is encouraging to see companies like Ford, among others, recognize that their success rests on their ability to provide great jobs in the U.S. for the American people,” said UAW President Dennis Williams . “It’s not rocket science to manufacture in the U.S. and it’s not a luxury for some companies, as others are trying to do.”