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FCA, the U.S. arm of automaker Fiat-Chrysler, announced on Sunday that it would invest a total $1 billion in plants in Michigan and Ohio, which will add 2000 new jobs in the United States.

The announcement, in what the company said was the second phase of a plan it first made public a year ago, came days after Ford Motor Company decided to scrap a plan to build a facility in Mexico, instead opting to invest in a plant in Michigan.

Ford's CEO cited demand, rather than the policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to impose a "border tax" on companies that send jobs abroad.

"Consistent and combined with previously announced investments, FCA US is further demonstrating its commitment to strengthening its U.S. manufacturing base, and aligning U.S. capacity to extend the Jeep product lineup," FCA said.

In a statement, FCA said it would retool and modernize its Warren Truck Assembly Plant to produce a new Jeep and Grand Wagoneers, while a facility in Toledo would build a new Jeep pickup truck. These plans will be in place by 2020, the company said.

The move "is a continuation of the efforts already underway to increase production capacity in the U.S.on trucks and SUVs to match demand," the company said, adding that it would help solidify the U.S. as "a global manufacturing hub" for its flagship brands.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/08/fiat-to-invest-1-billion-in-new-michigan-ohio-plants-create-2000-jobs.html
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With decreased corporate taxes the United States can have a much more competitive manufacturing sector again. These companies get this and Trump will get the job done.
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kevz_210 wrote:

With decreased corporate taxes the United States can have a much more competitive manufacturing sector again. These companies get this and Trump will get the job done.


Trump had nothing to do with this. As is stated in the post and article, this was announced a year ago, and I can confirm I already knew about it long before the election as well. I'm a FCA certified mechanic working at a dealership, the Grand Wagoneer and "Jeep Truck" are new models so I had to take online training classes for specific model highlights/design changes prior to launch. They tell you in the courses where the vehicles are going to be made as well, so yeah, no new information here and anyone chalking it up to mr magical girl Trump, is just fooling themselves.

By the way, I'm starting a new movement, in light of his flat out refusal to admit Russia did any hacking in spite of overwhelming evidence, I say everyone should now refer to Trump on twitter as #PutinsPuppet
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Sooooo.....whats the point of this thread? You just straight copy pasted a news article. You didn't offer any opinion or insight on it.
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Pretty sure he was looking for exactly what he is getting, discussion about it relating to Trump.
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runec wrote:

Sooooo.....whats the point of this thread? You just straight copy pasted a news article. You didn't offer any opinion or insight on it.


And if I offered an opinion or insight on it you would be complaining about that...

The point of this thread is to inform people that things are slowly improving in the USA thanks to Trump actually doing his job. Don't you agree it's nice to see large investments in the USA again with jobs being created instead of lost?
Posted 1/8/17 , edited 1/11/17

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And if I offered an opinion or insight on it you would be complaining about that...

The point of this thread is to inform people that things are slowly improving in the USA thanks to Trump actually doing his job. Don't you agree it's nice to see large investments in the USA again with jobs being created instead of lost?


What's good for America is usually bad for liberals.
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Rujikin wrote:


runec wrote:

Sooooo.....whats the point of this thread? You just straight copy pasted a news article. You didn't offer any opinion or insight on it.


And if I offered an opinion or insight on it you would be complaining about that...

The point of this thread is to inform people that things are slowly improving in the USA thanks to Trump actually doing his job. Don't you agree it's nice to see large investments in the USA again with jobs being created instead of lost?


And again, Trump had nothing to do with it, the plans were laid out well over a year ago. I should just ignore facts like extremists on both sides and pretend that Obama had something to with it (He didn't)
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MadBovine wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


runec wrote:

Sooooo.....whats the point of this thread? You just straight copy pasted a news article. You didn't offer any opinion or insight on it.


And if I offered an opinion or insight on it you would be complaining about that...

The point of this thread is to inform people that things are slowly improving in the USA thanks to Trump actually doing his job. Don't you agree it's nice to see large investments in the USA again with jobs being created instead of lost?


And again, Trump had nothing to do with it, the plans were laid out well over a year ago. I should just ignore facts like extremists on both sides and pretend that Obama had something to with it (He didn't)


He won't respond to you, you don't fit the narrative he is trying to create.
Posted 1/8/17
Actually plans are drawn up many years in advance. Most plans never are never built. The company has to wait for what it believes to be the best time to actually pull the trigger on a project and invest the money into it's creation. New jobs in construction building more manufacturing plants is a good sign, compared to the flood of manufacturing jobs that we have lost under Obama's costly regulations, Obamacare, and shitty trade deals.
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Trust me, these "plans" have been in the making and were not going to change regardless of who won the election or what their stance on trade was. It is funny that the article says it will add 2000 new jobs, but leaves out the car lines that were cancelled from those plants lost the same amount of jobs, net gain is zero. The Warren plant used to make the Dodge Dakota in addition to the full size Rams, but the Dakota was discontinued in 2011 or 2012 (I don't recall the year exactly) leaving assembly lines completely vacant. The vacant portions of the factory were costing money even while vacant so instead of investing hundreds of millions of dollars constructing a new plant elsewhere, they simply retooled the lines to make the new vehicles, which was the plan all along since when the Dakota was discontinued it was planned then to sometime in the near future reopen those lines and produce a new vehicle there. Something you apparently don't get is that manufacturing plants cost exorbitant amounts of money to build, but to simply retool (replace machines, upgrade the gantry cranes etc) is far cheaper than building a new plant elsewhere, regardless of the difference in labor costs (the tax rate isn't really a factor at all, it's pennies on the dollar compared to the wage gap between here and Mexico for instance)
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rawratl wrote:


MadBovine wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


runec wrote:

Sooooo.....whats the point of this thread? You just straight copy pasted a news article. You didn't offer any opinion or insight on it.


And if I offered an opinion or insight on it you would be complaining about that...

The point of this thread is to inform people that things are slowly improving in the USA thanks to Trump actually doing his job. Don't you agree it's nice to see large investments in the USA again with jobs being created instead of lost?


And again, Trump had nothing to do with it, the plans were laid out well over a year ago. I should just ignore facts like extremists on both sides and pretend that Obama had something to with it (He didn't)


He won't respond to you, you don't fit the narrative he is trying to create.


"Oh no whatever shall we do if he spreads hope for the future! It will hurt our narrative that the end is near and Trump is Hitler"
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"Oh no whatever shall we do if he spreads hope for the future! It will hurt our narrative that the end is near and Trump is Hitler"


See you still didn't respond to him, you have nothing to dispute what he says so you throw out buzzwords and BS.
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Sounds great. Don't know if Trump is responsible though, but great nonetheless. Though lets cool it on the Anti Trump Aggression. I am sick and tired of all these circle jerking on the right, but I advise to not start a fight.
Posted 1/9/17 , edited 1/9/17
It's pretty clear that Trump wasn't responsible for this whatsoever. Even if we rule out the null-value of this situation (as MadBovine had pointed out), I feel that people are still quick to assume that blue collar jobs are the ones that America needs the most. Let's say that Trump convinces other companies with blue collar positions (construction/manufacturing) to stay in the United States (or to US citizens). If you're lucky, you might be able to hire 1-2 college educated engineers while the rest would be for hands-on positions. There's still a smorgasbord of college-educated individuals that are working in fast food/blue collar positions that are overqualified and making under their proposed wages.

In other words, this isn't the 1950s. Eisenhower brought about the Interstate Highway System after WWII, automobile companies were flourishing as the auto industry was prime in manufacturing mode .. blue collar positions were the ones most sought after. That's no longer the case in most of America. The manufacturing industries are positioned in areas that have, historically speaking, been blue collar communities since the 50's - this has always (and will always) be true in America.

I'm hoping that, if Trump does what he claims he can do, we'll see more jobs outside of the blue collar industries as well. My biggest concern is that Trump supporters are ridiculously quick to assume that his assumed policies have had something to do with these decisions and giving him credit when he's done absolutely nothing yet. I'd hold off until his re-election to determine if he's actually done anything positive for America yet. Otherwise, you're just falling into the media hype that conservatives have taken pride in dethroning over this last election.
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