While GM is about to enter and Chrysler already has declared bankruptcy, FORD is about to CREATE 3200 jobs. Ford invests $550M to bring new Focus to market - Kansas City Star Ford Motor Co. says it will spend $550 million to convert its old Michigan Truck Plant into a facility that will build small compact modern cars. The retooled facility, which once built sport utility vehicles like the Lincoln Navigator, will now build Ford's next-generation Focus, expected to roll off the line next year. The plant will also build a new battery-electric version of the Focus for the North American market. The struggling automaker says roughly 3,200 jobs will be created in Michigan because of the plant conversion. Ford says it will also consolidate operations at its Wayne Assembly plant and transform two other truck and SUV plants as part of the retooling. --- Have you driven a Ford, lately?