Ford laying off workers at Avon Lake plant - TCCoA Forums

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
Seasoned PostWhore
 
theterminator93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Avon Lake, Ohio
Age: 29
Posts: 8,676
Garage
Ford laying off workers at Avon Lake plant

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-n...rs-this-summer

Quote:
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.

-Brandon
97 Laser Red Thunderbird LX 156k, Stage 2 4.6L 2v N/A | 300 BHP (255 RWHP, 290 RWTQ) | 13.95 @ 97.58 | Build details | Pics at the Lorain Assembly plant
96 Ivory Mark VIII 235k, stock 4.6 32v on coils; New engine at 185k
Gone but not forgotten: 94 Cougar XR7, 93 Mark VIII

TCCoA's resident pilot since 2014
Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the world with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return. -Leonardo da Vinci

Last edited by theterminator93; 01-14-2014 at 08:15 PM.
theterminator93 is offline  
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 12:02 PM
Seasoned Geek
 
Boston-Bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Hickory NC
Posts: 7,669
Ford to Move Pickup Production From Mexico to Ohio Van Plant

Ford Motor Co. Plans to cease making the Econoline van later this year, will revive the Ohio factory where the vehicle is made by investing $168 million to move pickup production there from Mexico early in 2015..........


http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...ohio-van-plant

2017 Mustang GT Base/ Making my own premium
Boston-Bull is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
Seasoned PostWhore
 
theterminator93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Avon Lake, Ohio
Age: 29
Posts: 8,676
Garage
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...

-Brandon
97 Laser Red Thunderbird LX 156k, Stage 2 4.6L 2v N/A | 300 BHP (255 RWHP, 290 RWTQ) | 13.95 @ 97.58 | Build details | Pics at the Lorain Assembly plant
96 Ivory Mark VIII 235k, stock 4.6 32v on coils; New engine at 185k
Gone but not forgotten: 94 Cougar XR7, 93 Mark VIII

TCCoA's resident pilot since 2014
Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the world with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return. -Leonardo da Vinci
theterminator93 is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 09:21 PM
PostWhore
 
fast Ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Caledon, Ontario ... CANADA !
Posts: 1,548
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.


cheers
Ed

95 T-Bird SC 5-speed -- SOLD!!
88 T-Bird Turbo Coupe 5-speed
07 Mustang GT 5-speed with some stuff
fast Ed is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TCCoA Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome