Governor Ernie Fletcher announced on Sept. 15, 2006, at a news briefing that the Ford Motor Company has not earmarked the two Louisville assembly plants for closure, but that doesn't guarantee these two plants are safe just yet.
Ford is expanding buyout and early retirement offers to the company's entire U.S. workforce and will shut down some of their plants.
"We've won the battle, but it's not over just yet. We're certainly very pleased we have both of those factories staying here when factories in several states are closing so we've been very fortunate".
Governor Fletcher may soon see his own battle as well. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence told the Lexington Herald-Leader earlier in the week that he is considering a race for governor next year.
"If folks want to run, let them run. Steve was in my office not too long ago and said he'd never run against me but people change their mind and we're getting a great response," Fletcher said.
When it comes to the 2007 race for governor, Fletcher said he is ready. He says with the long ordeal of the merit system hiring investigation over with he's hoping people can see what's he's done in office.
"We've increased funding in education, we've brought more jobs, we're building more roads and bridges than ever before, and we've had a very, very successful 2 1/2 years. This last session of the General Assembly was the shortest session in the history of the Commonwealth. We gave tax relief to small businesses so, I'll stand on what we've done and our accomplishments really match what I said I'd do. We made some promises and those are promises kept", Fletcher said.
Governor Fletcher says that is what he hopes comes across during the next election. Until then he's just concentrating on the next session of the General Assembly.
"After the session is when we'll start focusing on the campaign. We're gonna wait until we do the people's business that they elected me to do."
Governor Fletcher also spoke about the 2008 Ryder golf tournament and the 2010 world equestrian games that are both set to take place in Kentucky saying these two events will have a tremendous economic impact on our state.