Ford cites ‘unique sites’ in Kentucky and Tennessee ‘that were large, shovels-ready’, among many other benefits
Recently Ford . After Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has come under fire announced It would open electric vehicle and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky because Michigan did not meet the criteria for the company’s new campuses.
Michigan Republican Representative Tim Wahlberg told Granthshala Business that the decision “leaves a lot of questions.”
Why was the governor not aware of Ford’s wishes to expand and build the EV plant, which, as we see now, is over [11,000] Jobs?” Wahlberg asked. “This Gov. Whitmer’s watch, especially at a time when Michigan, because of the lockdown… has been financially challenged, and we need to encourage people to stay in the state so they can come. State and state expansion?”
Ford CEO Jim Farley cited “unique sites” in Kentucky and Tennessee “that were large, shovel-ready, among many other benefits.”
“If a Mi site met our criteria, we know the state and DTE would have worked very hard to have a competitive bid,” Farley said. tweeted last month.
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Wahlberg said the governor of Michigan should have been aware of concerns over electricity and energy costs in the state.
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He explained that he thinks there would be a way to encourage the company headquartered in Dearborn to work with electricity and energy providers.
“Why, for some reason, they were unwilling to contact the governor or his economic development team, I think that leaves a lot of questions,” Wahlberg told Granthshala Business. “I can’t answer them yet, but I hope we get answers because it shouldn’t have happened.”
whitmer suggested last month That Ford didn’t give the state a “real opportunity” to compete for EV features.
“I’m always looking to make Michigan more competitive,” Whitmer said, according to the Detroit News.
The Congressman noted that “there are certainly means by which (the state) the land can be made available” and that “Ford has been given the economic development tools.”
“I can’t imagine we wouldn’t,” he said.
Congressman also expressed it was “disappointing” Whitmer vetoed several pieces of pro-business legislation over the summer.
“I think, at the very least, Ford looked at it and said, ‘You know, it’s probably a little too long for the state of Michigan and its government leadership to get their act together, so we’re going to Let’s go where there is a better opportunity now,’” he explained.
The Congressman also touched on the governor’s announcement that would require prevailing pay for all government construction contracts and pointed out how Ford might be concerned about not adding enhancements in the form of possibly rising costs and quality.
“That’s another issue that I think is probably in Ford’s mindset, they say, ‘We don’t know what this governor will do. We don’t believe she’ll be in our corner to help us and so we just We’re going to look another way.’”
In a statement to Granthshala Business, Whitmer’s spokesperson recently highlighted Ford’s plan to add nearly $250 million in spending in the state and 450 jobs at three Michigan facilities.
“These ongoing investments build on Ford’s continued commitment to electrifying the future of mobility in Michigan with the Ford Ion Park announced at Romulus last July and the transformation of the historic Michigan Central Station into an innovation hub for the company’s future transportation.” Is.” OT McKinley, spokesman for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Travel Michigan, said.