DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. will invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities to prepare for production of the all-new Ford Ranger and Bronco, and to support the company’s expansion into mobility. The company will invest $850 million to retool its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne; $150 million in its Romeo Engine Plant; and $200 million to build a data center at the company’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
DETROIT—Fiat Chrysler has pledged to spend $1 billion to overhaul its assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio to build the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and Wrangler pickup. The move will add 2,000 jobs to the automaker’s U.S. workforce and will enable the company to move Ram heavy-duty pickup truck production from Mexico to the U.S.
DETROIT—Automotive supplier Gestamp North America Inc. will invest $158 million to expand its assembly plants in Chelsea, MI, and Mason, MI, and invest $700,000 at its North American headquarters in Troy, MI. Its plans include a new chassis assembly line, paint line and press-hardening line in Chelsea and a new 150,000-square-foot facility to house a new laser-cutting cell in Mason. The plants will gain 235 new jobs, while the project in Troy will create 60 new jobs.
LANSING, MI—Michigan has won a nearly $2.5 million federal grant to increase access to apprenticeship programs in skilled trades fields. Part of the federal government’s ApprenticeshipUSA program, the grant will be used to boost the number of apprenticeships by 5 percent by May 2018, with about 1,000 new participants.