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>> Ford's plan to ditch a new car plant in Mexico, after months of attacks from Donald Trump, has come as a big blow to the local community in San Luis Potosi, the site of the scrapped investment. Reuter's correspondent, Christine Murray.>> I went to the construction site yesterday and talked to workers.
Who told me they were very worried about themselves, the state, and Mexico more widely. 18 year old Martin Mendez told me, there would be families left without food to eat after the sudden cancellation of the plant. Another worker told me that the construction site now looked like a cemetary.
San Louis Potosi depends on autos heavily for its growth.>> Despite Ford's surprise decision, this Mexican town is still expected to see nearly 17,000 new jobs created this year, all in the auto sector. And a majority of the cars produced there, will be exported to the United States.
Not far from the doomed Ford site, other major players from the global auto industry are in the midst of multi-million dollar investments, including GM, which Trump has called out repeatedly for investing in Mexico. BMW is also assembling a billion dollar plant and Goodyear Tire and Rubber is busy with the construction of a $550 million tire facility in the area.
And Toyota, another Trump target, started building a billion dollar factory in the nearby Mexican state of Guanarito. Now the real fear in Mexico is, that as Trump himself tweeted after the Ford decision, this is just the beginning.