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Report: Ford to lay off 900 workers at Flat Rock plant

02/16/2010, 1:58 PMBY MARK KLEIS

Although Ford has enjoyed a surge in sales for most of its models over the last year, the Ford Mustang has dipped due to the strong competition coming from the new Chevy Camaro. Ford has now said it will need to reduce its Mustang plant from two shifts to one in July, in an effort to match required output.

According to the Associated Press, the production plant which is jointly owned by Ford and Mazda in Flat Rock, Michigan, will be cutting back from two shifts to a single shift in July. The plant currently produces both the Mustang and the Mazda6 sedan – which suffered a 27 percent and a 34 percent drop in sales for 2009, respectively.

Ford’s spokeswoman, Marcey Evans, told Leftlane that the lower sales resulted in significant downtime at the plant, which prompted the change from the current 2,300 workers to the future plans for 1,400 workers. Evans did also clarify that most of the hourly UAW workers that are being displaced will be able to shift to other plants, including the Chicago Assembly Plant which will be building the new Ford Explorer and hiring 1,200 workers.

Evans also explained to Leftlane that Ford was looking to improve efficiency at the Mustang plant, and will be making changes to increase the efficiency of the plant in addition to increasing the line speed by 35 percent.

When asked if the plant would be able to accommodate a potential increase in sales of the 2010 Mustang due to Ford’s entirely fresh engine and transmission lineup, Evans told Leftlane that she believed the plant will be capable of meeting demands without any risk to quality or safety.



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