May 8, 2007

Ford to idle Cleveland Casting Plant in 2009


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Cleveland, Ohio – Ford Motor Company has announced it intends to idle the Cleveland Casting Plant in 2009, as part of the company’s “Way Forward” plan to transform its North American automotive business. The company will also defer production at Cleveland Engine #1, beginning in two weeks, for approximately 12 months.

“These are difficult actions, and we’re approaching them with great sensitivity because they involve our people,” says Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s vice-president of North America Manufacturing. “However, operating an efficient and competitive manufacturing business is a key to our Way Forward plan to transform our business back to sustained profitability.”

Cleveland Casting opened in 1952 and employs 1,100 hourly and 118 salaried workers. It produces cast-iron engine components for Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks, E-Series vans, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Production at Cleveland Engine #1 is being deferred to Ford’s Lima Engine Plant in Ohio, where the company will produce all of its Duratec 3.5-litre engines for the Ford Taurus, Taurus X and other models. Previously, Cleveland Engine #1 produced the Duratec 3.0-litre engine for the Five Hundred and Freestyle. The plant currently employs 530 hourly and 47 salaried workers. When it returns to production, the plant is scheduled to produce the 3.5-litre engine and a variant for the Lincoln MKZ and MKX, Ford Taurus and Taurus X, Edge and Mercury Sable, as well as for the all-new Lincoln MKS and Ford Flex.

The company had previously announced that it will also end casting productions at Ford facilities in Windsor, Ontario and Leamington, UK.

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