Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ford to cut 400 jobs at Windsor motor plant

MONTREAL — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it would eliminate around 400 jobs at its Windsor motor plant by cutting one shift of production.

Ford Canada spokeswoman Lauren More called the move a "realignment of production" by the US automaker, and said that "the net loss of jobs is about 400."

The cuts are the latest bad news for Windsor, the Canadian auto capital across the river from Detroit, Michigan. Earlier this week General Motors completed its planned shutdown of a transmission plant in Windsor, eliminating 500 jobs.

Ford is the only one of the Big Three US automakers to avoid bankruptcy and government bailouts but has imposed steep cuts in pay and benefits.

Ford is expected to close one of its three Canadian plants in 2011 but has pledged to keep 10 percent of its North American production in Canada.

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