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Ford Ends Production at Michigan Truck Plant in Advance of Retooling

The Ford Motor Enterprise ended truck manufacturing at its Michigan Truck Plant on November twenty sixth in a bid to begin switching from building trucks to making cars at the Wayne, Michigan plant. Ford opened the plant in 1957 as the Wayne Station Wagon Plant. For the duration of its far more than 50 several years of procedure, it has produced F-Sequence trucks, the Ford Bronco, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Starting in early 2010 the truck plant will begin making modest, gas efficient cars for the North American market. These cars are section of a Ford strategy to raise manufacturing of some of the most gas efficient cars readily available in the world though lowering its dependency on big trucks and activity/utility vehicles.

“Ford is fully commited to delivering a well balanced merchandise lineup for our buyers,” said Joe Hinrichs, group vice president, World wide Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. “The conversion of Michigan Truck Plant signifies a further action in our transformation strategy to meet up with market desire for scaled-down, far more gas-efficient vehicles.”

Production of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator will now be moved to the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky., with manufacturing of the large SUVs slated to begin there in the 2nd quarter of 2009.

“This good workforce produced high-quality vehicles up to the incredibly very last 1 they built,” said
Mike Torolski, plant manager. “We now are concentrated on our next stage – changing the truck plant to a car plant to begin making worldwide C-car primarily based vehicles in 2010.”

Michigan Truck is 1 of a few truck and SUV vegetation in North The usa that will be transformed to create modest gas-efficient compact and subcompact vehicles. The conversion of Cuautitlan (Mexico) Assembly, which at this time makes F-Sequence pickups, is underway to put together for manufacturing of the new Fiesta subcompact car in 2010. Louisville Assembly, residence of the Ford Explorer mid-sizing SUV, is slated to start out manufacturing of nonetheless far more distinctive modest vehicles from the automakers worldwide C-car system the next yr.

At this time, the Ford Motor Enterprise is in talks with the US Congress in a bid to protected funding. The automaker says that they have ample money on hand to see the firm by means of 2009, but assistance from the federal authorities would support the firm to gain the resources essential to complete its transition to building a fleet of scaled-down, much far more gas efficient cars.

(Supply: Ford Motor Enterprise)

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