The Romeo Engine investment will allow the plant to build components for several vehicles, including the Ranger and Bronco, Ford said. The facility currently builds engines for the Super Duty, E-Series, Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and Shelby GT350R Mustang. It makes engine components for F-Series, Mustang, Explorer and Edge.
“UAW-Ford is proud of the total investments in three of our Southeast Michigan assembly and engine plants, which will lead to stronger job security for our members and continued support for the surrounding communities,” UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles said in a statement.
Ford says it has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created nearly 28,000 U.S. jobs over the past five years.
“Any time we have major investment news for Michigan and the U.S., it’s a big deal for the economy,” Hinrichs said. “It’s a good day for Romeo, Wayne and Flat Rock. We’re excited to continue investing in the U.S.”
Trump in his Tuesday morning tweet did not take credit for Ford’s news, but nevertheless drew scorn from Democrats and others.
Steven Rattner, who served as head of former President Barack Obama’s automotive task force during the industry’s meltdown in 2008-09, said the president’s tweet was misleading.
“The big news ended up being only 130 jobs in MI that were announced back in 2015,” Rattner tweeted.
The Michigan Democratic Party also criticized Trump’s tweet.
"Donald Trump taking credit for Ford's latest investment in Michigan is like a kid telling his friends he made dinner when his dad picked up a Hot-N-Ready from Little Caesars," Brandon Dillon, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, said in a statement. "These investments are the result of collective bargaining between UAW and Ford in 2015, made possible by President Barack Obama's faith in America's auto workers."
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., whose 12th district includes Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, said in a statement that Ford’s announcement was a cause to celebrate U.S. manufacturing.
“Today’s announcement is further proof of Ford’s commitment to producing in Michigan and the United States," she wrote. "Ford’s roots run deep in Michigan’s 12th District, and these investments bolster the company’s dedication to building its highest-tech vehicles here in the U.S. and strengthen its commitment to American workers, who are the best in the world."