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Ford to invest $1.2 billion in Michigan

Ford factoryFord Motor will invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities to prepare for production of the all-new Ford Ranger and Bronco.

Ford will invest $850 million to retool its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne for truck and SUV production; $150 million in its Romeo Engine Plant to expand capacity for several vehicles; and $200 million to build a data center at the company’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

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Ford announced in January the Flat Rock facility also would see a $700 million investment and 700 new jobs to support the production of electrified and autonomous vehicles.

The total investment represents an additional $350 million above those negotiated as part of the 2015 United Auto Workers contract.

Plans for the data center at Flat Rock are new; the company added $150 million to its budget for Michigan Assembly upgrades.

The $150 million for the Romeo plant upgrades were previously outlined in the UAW contract.

According to the contract, the automaker will invest at least $9 billion in U.S. facilities through 2019.




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