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Windsor Ford Engine plant to shed nearly 400 jobs

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Windsor Ford Engine plant to shed nearly 400 jobs

WINDSOR, Ont. — Almost 400 Ford workers will be out of a job Nov. 1 when the automaker eliminates one of two shifts at its Windsor Engine plant, Dan Cassady, president of CAW Local 200, said Thursday.

Ford released details to the union Wednesday of its plans to shutdown a line, throwing 388 workers out of a job, said Cassady.

“The loss of jobs at Windsor Engine was higher than what we expected due to fact that they’re going from 2,200 engines a day to 840 on one shift,” said Cassady.

“We knew it was coming, it had been reported back in January, but we didn’t know the date or in terms of how many people it would affect. So once the company had all those numbers we had to get them out to our members right away and let people know what was going on.”

The Engine plant, which assembles the 5.4 and 6.2 litre Triton engines for F-150 series pickup truck, is slated for permanent closure in 2014.

The affected shift employs 489 workers, however, 101 of those employees will be added to a new second shift at Ford’s Essex Engine plant, which produces a new 5.0 litre engine for the new Ford Mustang.

Cassady said “there would be other applications for the engine,” although he would not elaborate.

Last month, Adrian Vido, Ford's director of global manufacturing quality, said the new engine was destined for the F-150 series.

Ford’s confirmation of ending the shift comes on the heels of the closure Wednesday of General Motors’ Transmission plant in Windsor.

“It’s devastating for our members and our community,” said Cassady. “We’re working hard after new products to fill the plant.”

The local is down to 1,700 members from almost 6,000 in 2004, said Cassady.

Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/business/Ford+Windsor+Engine+plant+shed+nearly+jobs/3336944/story.html#ixzz0v7co1bb8

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