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Ann Arbor and Ford – a Winning Combination

While many American auto manufacturers have been struggling to regain a foothold in the sector’s recently troubled economic environment, Ford Motor Co. has been actively restructuring. Their amazing recovery is making Ann Arbor real estate even more appealing. Here are the top five reasons why Ford’s efforts just might make the Ann Arbor region your new hometown:

First, Ford’s success has driven renewed business at the Automotive Components Holdings (ACH) plants in Saline. ACH (controlled by Ford) employs more than 2,000 workers at the Saline plant and plans to invest another $45 million in improvements this year. The plant was facing possible closure or sale, but now it’s thriving.

Second, Ford is committed to modernizing its Rawsonville plant and to begin producing electric vehicle battery packs there. With a $9 million investment and a firm plan to retain 40 jobs, Ford is clearly adapting to new automotive technology.

Third, the former ACH plant in Ypsilanti has been sold to Angstrom USA, a global manufacturer of tubular parts for the auto industry. Many observers had believed the facility would stand vacant for years, so it’s great news that Angstrom plans to completely revitalize the facility.

Fourth, Ford is working with students at the University of Michigan to develop social media applications which are being showcased in the Ford Fiesta model. Imagine being able to use Twitter or find the cheapest gas prices from your car! 

Finally, Ford has sold its abandoned Wixom plant to an alternative energy partnership. The plant is commutable from Ann Arbor, and the energy companies plan to add 4,000 workers to their operation. A focus on green technologies, such as solar panels, will make use of renewable energy an easier-to-afford reality. 

To find out more about why Ford likes the Ann Arbor region so much – and why you will too – call Martin Bouma, your Ann Arbor real estate expert, today. The Bouma Group can find the perfect real estate for you in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Let the top Ann Arbor real estate team bring you up to speed today; call them now at 734-761-3060. Check out our Condo Hotline to get a handle on the Ann Arbor condo market.

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