Will President Trump Bring Jobs Home?
Days after Donald Trump was elected President, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford, announced that the auto maker was reversing course on a plan to move its Lincoln sports utility plant to Mexico. Instead, Ford will keep the plant, and the jobs in Kentucky.
While some claim that Ford had already made the decision to keep their Lincoln MKC plant in the USA before Trump’s election, and others claim that Ford is trying to ride the public relations wave of Trump’s election and the call to make it in the USA, Bring Our Jobs Home founder Frank Spotorno says that the move is a step in the right direction.
“Corporate America knows that the election of Donald Trump as President means that they have two options; bring their plants and factories back to America or pay a price to outsource their jobs to China and Mexico. The American people have spoken; they want President elect Trump and Congress to bring our jobs home,” said Spotorno.
During the campaign Trump has been critical of Ford’s decision to build a $1.6 Billion plant for its small cars in Mexico. “If Hillary Clinton were elected President on November 8, then the outsourcing of jobs overseas would have continued. Trump’s elections is a turning point four our great country, and the millions of Americans that are out of work and want a chance at the American Dream,” said Spotorno.
Several American corporations have publicly reached out to Trump and the American voter to talk about jobs. In an open letter, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty supported Trump’s jobs policies; Dish Network and Caterpillar supported Trump’s plans to increase infrastructure spending and cut corporate taxes.
New Balance sneaker company’s vice president Matt LeBretton, said “We feel things are going to move in the right direction” (under Trump). We have been and always will be committed to manufacturing in the United States.”
New Balance, a 110 year old company with 5 US factories, opposed the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP, because it would have hurt is production of sneakers in the US, while rewarding companies that make it overseas.
“New Balance sneakers are exactly the type of American company we should be supporting. They are doing the right thing and making it here in the USA. This holiday season, buy American and help keep our existing jobs here at home,” said Spotorno.
Mr. Ford said it was “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.” Spotorno said that talk is cheap and we need to hold American corporations accountable.
“Ford makes some engines in Spain and Germany, and many of its parts are made outside the USA. This is true for many so called made in America companies and products,” said Spotorno. “It will not be easy to bring all of these jobs home and to truly have a made in the USA movement. But Americans took the first step with the election of Donald Trump and for that I am hopeful and thankful.”