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Old 03-23-2013, 12:06 PM   #1
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Ford's Wayne assembly plant pumps $1.8B into Michigan's economy

That's every year! If you don't know already, Michigan Assembly in Wayne MI just outside Detroit is where the North American Focus, Focus Electric, Focus ST, C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid are assembled. This is such a huge story because it illustrates what the USA has lost moving so much of our manufacturing to other countries. This plant was newly configured a few years back as an extremely flexible manufacturing plant to build these new fuel efficient cars. That was done with the help of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans that the conservative Detroit News neglects to note. That's just an observation on my part, please don't start stridently arguing politics here.

Dearborn Ford Motor Co.'s revamped Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne seen as a model for auto factories in the future supports 24,000 statewide jobs and injects $1.8 billion annually into Michigan's economy, according to analysis from the Center for Automotive Research.

The plant, dubbed by CAR as "the new global standard for flexible manufacturing" after a $770 million investment, produces five different Ford models including a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and an all-electric and will manufacture 350,000 vehicles this year.

CAR's analysis was introduced at a supplier matchmaking event at Ford's Dearborn campus to highlight Michigan's automotive supplier base, which includes 2,600 facilities that work with Ford. CAR's analysis also found that opportunities for Tier 2 and Tier 3 auto suppliers in Michigan are growing.

"Michigan has a wealth of businesses that can help Ford continue growing as a global automotive leader," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas.

CAR's findings show there are still many parts for Michigan Assembly Plant that are sourced from outside the U.S. and Canada, including approximately $500 million in supplier spending from outside North America.

Sourcing those parts closer to the assembly plant in Wayne could bring financial benefits for both Ford and the supplier, though would not result in any real increase in employment or economic activity, CAR said.

The Michigan Assembly plant, home to about 5,000 workers on three shifts, manufactures the Ford Focus, Focus Electric, Focus ST, C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid.

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