Car makers are starting to see the light. Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) has just announced that it will move its production of the Dodge Ram pickup trucks from Mexico to Michigan in 2020. FCA expects the move back to the USA to create more than 2,500 jobs in Warren, Michigan and they intend to invest over $1 billion in the new facility. They will still keep their plant in Mexico but will change its operations geared toward future commercial vehicles built for international sale. This makes sense for the company as Mexico has numerous free trade agreements with countries worldwide.
Previously car makers were in a holding pattern while they waited to see how the Trump administration would handle things like NAFTA and other pertinent policies that would affect their bottom lines. A critical factor in Fiat Chrysler's decision is most certainly Trump's repeated promises to pull out of NAFTA and add hefty taxes to cars being imported from abroad, namely Mexico. The taxes that would go into effect of 25% would amount to more than the total profit of some automakers, forcing them to bring back jobs to America.sponsor
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Fiat Chrysler is not the only automaker making moves due to the current administration's policies and proposed policy changes. Last week, Toyota and Mazda announced a joint venture in Alabama to the tune of $1.6 billion.
Ford Motors announced plans for investment around $11 billion by the year 2022 with emphasis on electric vehicles to keep pace with top electric vehicle names like Tesla.
Ford said that they would be electrifying many of its iconic vehicles. Many automakers are placing more emphasis on electric cars due to more stringent regulations enacted by China, the European Union and the state of California.
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Regarding Fiat Chryslers most recent announcement, Vice President Mike Pence took to Twitter to commend the move underscoring that manufacturing is back and this latest decision is just further proof that the Trump administration's 'America First' policies are working as expected.
Last week FCA also announced a $2,000 bonuses to over 60,000 American salaried employees totaling about $120 million. This can be seen as a sign of its confidence in its plans. Automakers do not pay bonuses to salaried employees; only to hourly waged employees.
With these positive announcements, it is plain to see that the new administration is putting its promises into action and things are falling into place that serves to create more American jobs and Americans, in general, getting paid more.