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Ford to Cut 25,000 to 30,000 Jobs by 2012
Date: Monday, January 23 2006

Ford to Cut 25,000 to 30,000 Jobs by 2012

Ford Motor Co. said Monday it plans to close 14 factories in North America by 2012 with the loss of between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs.

But, contrary to expectations, Canada appears to have escaped the brunt of the cuts.

Only two plants will be affected, so far anyway. A major plant in St. Thomas, Ont. that assembles Crown Victoria large sedans will be cut to one shift, affecting about 1,200 of the 2,300 hourly workers.

And Ford's aging engine-casting plant in Windsor, Ont. will be shut in late 2007, as announced some time ago. About 500 jobs will be affected.

But there was a collective sigh of relief at Windsor's Essex engine-assembly plant. It was not included among the cuts, raising hopes that it will survive. About 730 workers make V-6 engines there.

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