Workers at Ford Motor Company’s Avon Lake plant on Friday were informed by the United Auto Workers union that the company will be moving their "next-generation vehicle," slated for 2023 production, from Northeast Ohio to a plant in Mexico, according to 3News.
The letter stated that Ford is going back on its agreement to invest $900 million in the new project at Avon Lake, OH. The agreement from 2019 according to the UAW also included a promise for a "complete revitalization" of the facility.
In a statement to local media outlets, the company said Tuesday that "Ford employs more hourly workers in the U.S. than any other automaker, assembles more vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, and Ford chooses to invest in America more than any other automaker. We remain committed to investing $6 billion in our U.S. plants and creating and retaining 8,500 jobs in America during this four-year UAW contract. We are invested in Ohio Assembly Plant and our dedicated workforce there," the statement says. "Since 2019, we have invested more than $185 million and created and retained more than 100 jobs at Ohio Assembly Plant, including actions planned for this year. This includes increasing our capacity to build additional Super Duty trucks at Ohio Assembly Plant to meet strong consumer demand."
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) demanded Ford honor its previous agreement.
"Clevelanders turned on the local news and saw headlines about yet another American corporation deciding to build things in Mexico instead of Ohio. Ford had made a 2019 commitment to invest $900 million in the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio – an investment they promised would create more than 1,500 jobs. Ford announced instead that it has decided not to honor that promise, but instead build its next generation vehicle in Mexico. The decision to turn its back on the community is just unacceptable," Brown said.
UAW leadership announced to the workers in a letter that the union plans to fight the decision.