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Mexico Trumps Canada For Major Ford Engine Deal

Mexico Trumps Canada For Major Ford Engine Deal

Detroit, MI – Auto giant Ford has said it will have its 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter Ford Fiesta engines produced in Mexico, rather than at its plants in Windsor and Essex, Ontario, Canada.

Canada lost the bid for the work after both federal and provincial governments were unable to reach an agreement with Ford on incentives for the work.

The City of Windsor, alone, reportedly offered Ford a 10-year, $8.5-million tax freeze to bring the work to its plant.

The Essex and Windsor engine plants manufacture V-8 and V-10 engines for the iconic Ford Mustang, as well as the company’s line of trucks, vans, and SUVs.

According to the Canadian media, had Ford decided to have the work done in Ontario, the investment could have topped $1.8 billion and created 1,000 jobs.

Ford’s announcement, which was made without comment, was offset somewhat with news earlier this month that the company would add 1,000 jobs at its assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, which will produce the 2015 Ford Edge crossover utility vehicle.

Last year, the company announced a $621 million investment in the Oakville plant.

10/31/2014

 

New Six-Lane Trade Bridge to Link US, Canada

Detroit, MI – A new US-Canadian authority will oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of a proposed six-lane bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

The Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority is a non-profit “Crown Corporation” that will report to Ottawa as it manages the project for the New International Trade Crossing.

The authority “will be in charge of preparing the sites and managing the procurement process to select a private-sector partner that will carry out the work, according to Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt.

The agency will also be responsible for setting and collecting tolls, she said.

“The new bridge is needed for growing trade and for growing traffic at Canada’s busiest US commercial border crossing,” said Raitt, adding the project is expected to create thousands of jobs in the coming years.

The next step, she said, involves securing funding for a US Customs facility, along with acquiring land on the US side.

“The project will provide an essential new alternative crossing for Canada’s Continental Gateway and trade corridor,” according to a Canadian government website.

The project, it said, includes a new six-lane bridge across the Detroit River between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, associated border inspection plazas, and connections to the freeway systems in Ontario and Michigan.”

The bridge is scheduled to open in 2020 and is reportedly being funded by the Canadian government, which has earmarked $2 billion to the project.

According to observers, the total cost of the project could reach as much as $4 billion that would include work on freeway interchanges, Canadian and US Customs plazas, and additional infrastructure work.

The final permit for the project was issued last month after a US court rejected a request for an injunction filed by the private company that owns the existing Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit with Windsor.

Another panel, the Canada-Michigan International Authority, is also being formed to approve key steps in the public-private partnership and the purchase of the required land in Michigan, Riatt said.

07/31/2014