U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr told him the automaker would not move production at a Kentucky plant to Mexico. “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!” Trump posted on Twitter. “He will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky – no Mexico.”

Ford has repeatedly said it has no plans to close any U.S. plants and likely could not do so under the terms of the current United Auto Workers contract that expires in 2019. Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker said late on Thursday the automaker “confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly plant will stay in Kentucky.” READ MORE