Auto industry backs trade crossing

DETROIT — Michigan’s big auto makers are once again rallying around the plan to build a new international trade crossing between Windsor and Detroit.

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, says this deal will help Michigan compete in a global economy.

"Detroit is home to the busiest border crossing in North America based on trade volume, with a value of almost $500 million in goods crossing daily," he said.

"To compete as a world-class community, we strongly support the construction of any new crossings to improve traffic flow and reduce or eliminate congestion. We also need this crossing to be built expeditiously."

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne is also in favor of the crossing, which he says will help businesses run efficiently.

“The crossing would directly link Ontario and Michigan¹s highway systems, allowing for effective, safe, and timely deliveries our company transports to and from Canada each year," said the former Torontonian, who also runs Fiat in Italy.

Honda and Toyota also joined the Big Three in a making a supporting statement, saying an improved infrastructure is vital for the growth of the auto industry.

Construction for the project will bring in about 10,000 jobs for Michigan, and an additional 25,000 jobs upon completion.

The Michigan border sees about half the daily trade between Canada and the United states, and about 60 percent of Michigan exports cross the Michigan/Canada border. 

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