Trump’s campaign trail started in Michigan and ended in Michigan.
Trump is expected to follow through on his campaign promises to overturn NAFTA and oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He’ll bolster that promise by creating new infrastructure in the Midwest to accommodate more manufacturing opportunities. He wants to make America competitive again, by keeping Manufacturers in the United States.
It didn’t take long for Michigan to be mentioned in the first presidential debate. In his first appearance, Republican Donald Trump brought up Ford and auto jobs leaving Michigan while answering the first question from debate moderator Lester Holt.
Trump also brought up Ford’s plan to move all small-car production to Mexico, claiming it would cost jobs in the United States.
Manufacturing jobs in Michigan have been decreasing since the early 2000’s. Employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a long, slow shrinkage of manufacturing jobs in Michigan and nationally.
At the bottom of the recession some questioned whether Michigan had lost those manufacturing jobs forever, said James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy with the free-market think tank at The Mackinac Center.
The National Association of Manufacturers sent a letter to Trump after the election, pledging to look for areas where it can work productively with the new administration. The letter, signed by 1,100 members of the Washington, D.C. trade group, came after a lack of CEO support for Trump during the election and a campaign during which the then-candidate promised high costs to US manufacturers who import goods produced in other countries.
Trump also threatened to rip up trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement, which affected the value of the Mexican peso overnight. Many Michigan manufacturers have operations in Mexico.
In Huron Township, MI over 1,100 jobs are comprised of the manufacturing companies in the Local Development Finance Authority. Two of the businesses actually happen to be relocated from well known Europe operators, Brose and Inergy. The LDFA has recently opened plans for a LDFA2 District that has plenty of square footage for growth of manufacturing in Michigan. Contact R.P. Lilly for more information, 734-753-4466 Ex. 115.