By: - May 18, 2020 10:51 am

President Donald Trump rally in Battle Creek, Dec. 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

President Donald Trump will be coming to Michigan on Thursday to tour the Ford Motor Co. Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti.

The plant currently produces ventilators, and the tour is meant to highlight the importance of companies producing personal protection equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment during the pandemic, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

The news of the president’s visit came as Ford announced it would resume production and operations in the United States Monday, according to a news release.

Ford, along with General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, temporarily closed their U.S. manufacturing facilities in mid-March to help control the spread of COVID-19, as previously reported by the Advance

The state reported 51,142 cases and 4,891 deaths as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

Trump’s last visit to Michigan was on Jan. 30 at Dana Manufacturing in Warren and came after he signed the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement, which replaced the previous deal known as North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed in 1994.

In Michigan, the USMCA trade deal has been heralded for the potential to create thousands of automotive jobs and result in investments of more than $30 billion. It is also expected to benefit jobs in the dairy industry, as the USMCA will open up Canada’s market to American producers.

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Madeline Ciak
Madeline Ciak

Madeline Ciak is a former Michigan Advance reporter. She’s a University of Michigan-Flint graduate and previously worked as a digital media manager at NBC25/FOX66 in Flint and a weekend producer at ABC12.