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Op-Ed: Trump can claim victory on forcing Ford into definitive answer on Kentucky

An American flag sticker is seen on the assembly line at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, in the U.S.
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An American flag sticker is seen on the assembly line at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, in the U.S.

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he had a great talk with Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford and said the automaker had agreed not to move Lincoln production to Mexico and keep it in Kentucky.



Ford representatives we contacted were initially wondering what Trump was talking about since the auto company has never said it plans to move production of the Lincoln MKC (a small SUV) out of the Louisville plant and to Mexico.

What the company has said is that at some point in the future it would likely move the MKC out of Louisville ... when the current model runs out (within the next couple years). Where production of the MKC might go has never been finalized, but Ford's plants in Mexico might have been a possibility. Emphasis on the word "might."

There are also other assembly plants in the U.S. where MKC production could have also been shifted to depending on a number of factors (UAW contracts, assembly line capacity, etc.).

Bottom line: Bill Ford has told the president-elect the Lincoln MKC is not going anywhere.

So yes, Trump can claim a victory in getting Ford to reverse plans to move the MKC out of Louisville at some point in the future.

That is no longer happening.

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