Ford cuts jobs and investment in Marshall electric vehicle battery plant

Ford is reducing its commitment to a planned electric vehicle battery facility in the Marshall area by 800 jobs and more than $1 billion, a move that would reduce the plant’s production capacity by about 40%.

But the Dearborn automaker is resuming work at the site after a two-month hiatus and still intends to meet its goal of opening the plant by 2026, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

The announcement represents a dramatic turnaround from the promised 2,500 jobs and $3.5 billion in investments announced earlier this year by Ford and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Ford spokesman Mark Truby acknowledged that the company’s cuts almost certainly mean the state will cut the roughly $1.8 billion promised in taxpayer subsidies for the massive development.

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