Trump tweets Ford is keeping Lincoln plant in Kentucky

Posted at 10:52 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 22:52:02-05

President Elect Donald Trump says he has received assurances from Ford Motor Company that they will be keeping a Kentucky plant in operation.

Trump tweeted about his conversation with company CEO Bill Ford Jr. Thursday night.

Ford released the following statement following the tweets:

We continue to engage with President-elect Trump’s team – and the new Congress – as they shape the policy agenda for 2017. We have shared our commitment to continue investing in the U.S. and creating American jobs – building on the $12 billion we have invested in our U.S. plants and the nearly 28,000 U.S. jobs Ford has created in the past five years. Ford continues to employ more American autoworkers and produce more American made vehicles than anyone.

Today, we confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly Plant will stay in Kentucky. We are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States.

We will have more details to share on our future plans at the appropriate time.

Trump was critical of Ford both during the primary and general election campaigns, due to their plans to move some production overseas.

Ford had previously announced that they will move small car production to Mexico, and that they have no plans to close any US plants.