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Ford Commits to Michigan for its First Autonomous Vehicles

With plans in motion to release their first autonomous vehicle in 2021, Ford is investing around $900 million to its southeast Michigan manufacturing facility to boost production and add 900 direct new jobs through 2023. The major automobile company also plans to increase production at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, adding a second shift and bolstering employment opportunity.

Ford will invest more than $850 million at Flat Rock which will enable the company to build fully electric vehicles and fund the next-generation Mustang. Their first autonomous vehicle will be completed at a new AV manufacturing company in southeast Michigan, upgrading commercial hybrid vehicles with self-driving technology and unique interiors.

Another step Ford is taking to boost global competitiveness is building a North American Transit Connect small commercial and passenger van in Mexico, starting in 2021. By producing vans at the Hermosillo assembly plant, Ford is promoting the proposed USMCA trade agreements which works to build U.S manufacturing jobs, as well as boost product sourcing with suppliers from North America.

“We continue driving to find new and better ways to boost our fitness as a company and one of the world’s leading manufacturers,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford’s Global Operations. “Working together with our employees, union partners and government officials around the world, we are continuing to unlock new solutions to deliver world-class vehicles people want and value even more efficiently.”