Brocker.Org: Ford is pouring $350 million into its Michigan transmission plant to expand its electric car line-up (F)

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(Reuters) – Ford said it would invest $350 million to upgrade its Livonia transmission plant in Michigan as the company expands its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains.

The investment is part of the company’s commitment to invest $9 billion and create or retain 8,500 hourly jobs in its U.S. facilities in the next few years.

The announcement comes just a few days after Ford said it will cut 1,400 jobs in North America and Asia in order to boost profits. The company’s stock has fallen nearly 40% over the last three years.

Ford is investing heavily in electric vehicles and autonomous technology. The company is spending $4.5 billion over five years to introduce 13 new electric vehicles, some of which will feature self-driving capabilities.

As part of that $4.5 billion strategy, Ford cancelled its plans for a new $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and instead channeled $700 million toward upgrading a factory in Michigan.

The company also invested $1 billion in startup Argo AI as an extension of its autonomous driving efforts.

(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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