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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Congressman Cleaver Sends Letter to Ford CEO After Fire Halts Production at Claycomo Plant

May 11, 2018
Press Release
Cleaver asks Ford to keep Missourians working on the F-150 line

(Kansas City, MO) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following letter this afternoon urging the Ford Motor Company to keep Missourians working at the Claycomo site. Ford produces the F-150 pickup and the Transit van in Kansas City. The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the past 36 years. See the text of the letter below.

May 11, 2018

Mr. James Hackett

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ford Motor Company

1 American Road

Dearborn, Michigan 48126

Dear Mr. Hackett,

We would like to bring your attention to the severity of the recent supply-chain decision facing Ford’s F-150 line, specifically the local impact that the Claycomo Plant closure will have on the greater Kansas City community and some 3,600 hardworking Missourians. Understandably, without the necessary parts, operations of any supply chain would be difficult but we encourage you to keep in mind the effects of any long term and undefined plant closure to our community.

We want to applaud your initial outreach to the affected workers and encourage continued dialogue regarding pay and benefits for all workers, including temporary employees, as this will have an unexpected impact to some of Kansas City’s hardest working labor force. With your recent announcement to make the F-150 line one of the few vehicles that Ford plans to continue to produce, we believe it is especially important to install a sense of commitment to the Claycomo employees.

Additionally, we would like to offer our assistance in helping to identify creative solutions to assist your efforts to reopen plant operations in Claycomo. Understanding that this supply chain issue not only affects the greater Kansas City community, but has national economic impact, we ask that you keep us abreast of your long-term strategy to reinstate plant operations and get these hard-working employees back to work as quickly as possible.

Warmest regards,

Emanuel Cleaver, II

Member of Congress

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.