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Ford invests $550 million to build small cars, electric vehicle

A Ford logo on the front of a truck at the 2009 New York International Auto Show April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said it would invest $550 million to build new global small cars, electric vehicle at its Michigan plant.

* Says this will be followed by production in 2011 of a battery-electric focus

* Says investment will support about 3,200 jobs at Michigan assembly

* Says production for the North American market of the new global Ford focus begins next year

* Says will consolidate its operations from Wayne assembly plant

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