Ford Making $1.2B Investment in Michigan Facilities

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Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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, Automotive Editor - March 29, 2017

Preparing for several additions to its lineup in the coming years, Ford is upgrading some of its Michigan plants.

The automaker announced Tuesday it would put $1.2 billion into three Michigan factories – Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Flat Rock Assembly in Flat Rock, and the Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo. Michigan Assembly will get an $850 million upgrade when it stops building the Focus and C-Max models next year and is retooled to produce a new Ranger pickup in 2019 and a Bronco midsize SUV in 2020. Romeo is getting a $150 million upgrade is so it can build the engines for those vehicles, as well as several others.

Ford also announced a $200 million investment that will result in two new data centers, including one in Flat Rock. Already home to Mustang production, Ford announced a $700 million investment in the facility back in January that will make it a focal point of the company's electrified and autonomous vehicle efforts. Ford announced a hybrid Mustang and F-150 pickup truck in January, and said it will have a Transit Connect van by 2020. An unnamed electric SUV is also destined for the plant in 2020, effectively replacing the C-Max.

Ranger

Ford confirmed in January the storied Ranger name would return for the first time since 2011 on a midsize pickup to rival the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. The Bronco would make a comeback after being discontinued in 1996. It should challenge the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner.

All of this investment will usher in a new wave of Ford vehicles in the next few years. And for those who value buying domestic, many are products of the US.

, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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