In what can only be described as naked opportunistic corporate meddling in an election, the Ford Motor Company announced it is moving all of its small car manufacturing to Mexico.
Ford Motor Co. says it's moving all of its U.S. small car production to Mexico.
Ford CEO Mark Fields confirmed the long-expected move Wednesday during an event for investors and Wall Street analysts.
Ford currently makes its Fiesta subcompact in Mexico, but its Focus and C-Max small cars are made in suburban Detroit. Making them in Mexico would boost company profits because of low wages there.
The company is building a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It will make small cars there starting in 2018.
According to the same article, the Michigan plant currently building these cars will be retooled to build larger vehicles such as their pickup truck line.
Let's stop here and ask the question: Could they have moved that pickup line to Michigan and built an assembly plant HERE for their small cars? Or built an assembly plant HERE for their trucks if they needed so much more production space?
Of course they could have. This plays right into the Trump line that "they're sending our jobs to Mexico."
I'm guessing they're doing this now because at some point there are going to be penalties for closing plants down and shipping jobs off to Mexico this way, especially if Hillary Clinton is elected and we get the Senate back. If we have big enough turnout, we might even be able to challenge for the House.
In the meantime, Ford is making their very own little statement about what they think of American workers. And unions. Of course, unions.
I don't call that corporate decision-making. I call it corporate ratfcking. Is there any other word for it?