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Well, we (locals) knew this was coming eventually. There has been the threat of that plant closing since the late 90s when the MN12 was killed at Lorain. I have a good friend who works there; I hope he's not affected.

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-lorain/avon-lake-ford-plant-to-lay-off-workers-this-summer

AVON LAKE, Ohio - Avon Lake's Ford plant will lay off workers this summer, Mayor Greg Zilka confirmed to newsnet5.com.

The plant has been phasing out its production of the Econoline van, we reported in 2011, in favor of producing medium-duty trucks.

Zilka said that he heard rumors of layoffs and called Ford headquarters, who confirmed it to him but would not release more details.

Ford released the following statement Tuesday night:

“As part of our One Ford plan, Ford continues to restructure its manufacturing footprint to match capacity with demand. With the all-new Transit van starting at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant later this year, the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant is preparing to balance out our E-Series van production. While Ohio Assembly retools for future product, the plant will experience some down time and approximately half of the plant employees will go on layoff until further notice. Ford remains committed to Ohio Assembly and the plant will continue to play a key role in Ford’s global Manufacturing strategy.”

Also in 2011, Ford made a $128 million investment in the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake after the state approved an incentive package valued at $15 million. Ford will get a $1 million tax break until 2026 as long as it keeps the plant open.

Newsnet5.com will update this story as information becomes available.
What's ironic is that Ford killed the MN12 with production numbers never falling below 120,000 units each year (in fact, only two model years had production numbers in the 12x,xxx range - all others being well over that), but the E-series lives on after a production numbers of less than 125,000 annually for the last six years. :facepalm: :zbash: :bangwall:
 

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Yep, I read about that this afternoon and was talking to one of the workers at the plant about it this afternoon. He's been a welds inspector for 28 years and he doubts his position will be kept once they make the switch. They're going from 150,000 units a year to probably 15-20,000 units per year.

Sure, they're investing in the plant, but they're working their way towards shutting it down.

On a side note, he made a comment about why Ford shut down the Lorain plant. Apparently the city of Lorain at the time decided to nix all the tax breaks on the plant, so Ford decided to pull the plug completely. While I doubt this was the sole reason, I bet it sure had a big part to play in their decision...
 

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Econoline cutaways (the ones used to make cube vans and RVs) will be continuing for a few more years at least, but the regular wagons and panel vans are being phased out because of the North American introduction and assembly of the full size Transit vans.


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