Kansas City, Mo. – While Missouri's state senators were playing golf on a day off at the Lake of the Ozarks, Governor Nixon was talking to them - from Claycomo. Governor Nixon was in town promoting a bill that would give Ford Motor Company tax credits for keeping its Claycomo plant open and developing new assembly lines there.
Ford has announced that the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner, Claycomo's two sales stars, will be produced elsewhere and hasn't announced any models for production at the Kansas City plant.
The governor talked to Ford employees, but his words were clearly for the legislators: "We pass this bill and we put Missouri in a competitive position to deal for the jobs of the future; we don't, we have challenges we don't need."
Nixon believes the tax credits will preserve 3700 good-paying jobs at the Ford Claycomo plant and possibly produce more in the future.
News conference audio courtesy of KMBC, TV-9.