Wayne, Michigan – Vehicle production ended yesterday at Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Truck Plant, signalling the beginning of the facility’s transformation to build small, fuel-efficient vehicles in 2010.

“Ford is committed to delivering a balanced product line-up for our consumers,” said Joe Hinrichs, group vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. “The conversion of Michigan Truck Plant represents another step in our transformation plan to meet market demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.”

The plant opened in 1957 as the Wayne Station Wagon Plant and since then, has produced F-Series trucks, along with the Ford Bronco, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Production of the Expedition and Navigator will be moved to the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, where the trucks will be assembled started in the second quarter of 2009.

Michigan Truck is one of three truck and SUV plants in North America that will be converted to build compact and subcompact vehicles. A plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, which currently produces the F-Series, is under conversion to prepare for production of the new Fiesta subcompact in 2010, while Louisville Assembly, which builds the Explorer, will start production of other small vehicles from the company’s global C-car platform in 2011.

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