April 14, 2006

Ford to close two assembly plants in Minnesota, Virginia

Dearborn, Michigan – The Ford Motor Company announced that its Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Norfolk Assembly Plant in Virginia will be closed in 2008 as part of the company’s Way Forward plan to restore North American automotive operations to profitability no later than 2008. As part of the plan, Ford said in January that it would idle and cease manufacturing operations at 14 plants, including seven assembly plants.

In addition to Norfolk and Twin Cities, the plants announced to date include Wixom (Mich.) Assembly, St. Louis Assembly, Atlanta Assembly, Windsor (Ontario) Casting and Batavia (Ohio) Transmission.

“A decision to end production at a plant is not an easy one and I’m deeply mindful of the impact this decision has on Ford employees, families and communities,” explains Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company executive president and president of The Americas. “Unfortunately, these are necessary steps we must take to move the business forward.

The Norfolk plant, which opened in 1925, currently employs 2,275 hourly and 158 salaried workers. The Twin Cities plant, which also opened in 1925, employs 1,750 hourly and 135 salaried workers. These staff reductions are part of the 25,000 – 30,000 job workforce reduction announced as part of the Way Forward plan.

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