Ford CEO Mark Fields on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to keeping U.S. manufacturing jobs at home, despite President Donald Trump’s criticism of the automaker’s stance on the U.N. climate change treaty.
“This is about our jobs and our country,” Fields said in a statement.
“It’s also about the American people who will be able to count on the company to keep investing in American jobs and technology to support our economy and our future.”
While Trump has repeatedly accused Ford of dumping U.K. jobs to save costs, Fields said that while his company’s decision to move production to Mexico has had “a profound impact” on jobs, he was confident the company will maintain its U.U.S.-based operations.
“We are going to continue to invest in our U.W. facilities, our UAW plants, our facilities in Mexico and we are going forward,” Fields added.
“We’re confident that with continued investment in our factories and our workers and continued progress with the climate accord, we will continue to create the jobs and bring back our manufacturing to America.”
While Ford has said it will keep a U.V. factory in the U.-Va.-Kan region of Virginia, Fields made clear that he does not want to see that plant shut down.
Va. manufacturing will continue.
It’s not going anywhere,” Fields told reporters Tuesday.
“If that factory is being closed, then that’s not happening.
That’s not my intention.”
The President, who has also called for a border wall to be built to keep out illegal immigration, said in May that Ford and other U.M. manufacturers are “getting away with murder.”
In the statement, Fields noted that his company has made investments in the manufacturing sector that will continue into the future, including investing in its facilities in Michigan and Indiana.
“The United States is in a position to compete globally on a level playing field,” Fields wrote.
“This is not a game, and the American workers and their families are paying the price.”
Ford announced plans to invest more than $7 billion in its UAW operations in 2019, including a $3 billion investment in a new $30 million plant in Michigan.
The company said it is also planning to hire 2,000 new employees in the coming year.