Ford cancels plans for new $1.6B plant in Mexico

Daily News Article - January 9, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. What was Ford going to do? What will they now do instead?

3. For what reason(s) did Ford make this decision? - How did Ford CEO Mark Fields explain the decision?

4. How did President-elect Trump react to Ford’s announcement?

5. How did Vice President-elect Mike Pence react to the news?

6. Fox Business News reported:

Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields said the decision to cancel the new plant in Mexico was in part related to the need to "fully utilize capacity at existing facilities" amid declining sales of small and medium sized cars such as the Focus and Fusion.

Fields also endorsed "pro growth" tax and regulatory policies advocated by Trump and the Republican led Congress.

A Ford source said the decision was influenced by Trump's policy goals such as lowering taxes and regulations but there were no negotiations between Ford and the Republican over the decision to cancel the Mexico plant or invest in Michigan.

a) Ask a parent or grandparent: Do you think Trump’s economic policies (regulatory and tax reform policies) will improve the economy? Please explain your answer.

b) Watch the CNN interview with Ford CEO Mark Fields under “Resources” below.