Ford Motor Company will invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities to strengthen its manufacturing capability in trucks and SUVs and support its expansion to an auto and mobility company. Ford is investing $850 million in its Michigan Assembly Plant to retool the facility to build the all-new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco. Employees there will begin building Ranger at the end of 2018 and Bronco in 2020. The company also plans to create or retain 130 jobs and invest $150 million to expand capacity for engine components for several vehicles at its Romeo Engine Plant in Michigan.
In addition, Ford will invest $200 million for an advanced data center to support the company’s expansion to an auto and mobility company. It is the second of two new data centers Ford is building in Michigan, as the company expects its data usage to increase 1,000% – driven by manufacturing and business needs and mobility services such as more connected, autonomous and electrified vehicles. The second data center will be located at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where the company is investing $700 million and adding 700 direct new jobs to create a factory capable of producing high-tech electrified and autonomous vehicles.