Ford confirms Lincoln MKC production staying in Louisville, clarifies Trump tweets

Published: Nov. 18, 2016 at 2:43 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Ford Motor Co. confirmed Friday that it will continue to build its Lincoln MKC in Louisville.

The auto giant, which produces both Escapes and the MKC at one of its two Louisville-area facilities, made the confirmation following a pair of tweets Trump posted Thursday night.

Nearly 15 minutes later, Trump sent out another tweet.

The tweets caused some confusion, particularly locally, prompting some Ford workers to reach out to WAVE 3 News for clarification.

To be clear, there is no Lincoln-specific plant in Kentucky, as Trump implied in both of the tweets.

The MKC is currently built at the Louisville Assemby Plant, and Ford has made it clear that there were never any plans to close that facility or reduce its workforce. The company has said publicly that it would shift MKC production so that it could produce more Escapes in Louisville.

Ford credited Trump's policies for its decision to keep producing the MKC in Louisville.

"Today, we confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly Plant will stay in Kentucky," Ford said in a release issued late Thursday. "We are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States."

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