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  • Ford Plant in Ohio Makes 130 Temporary Layoffs

Ford Plant in Ohio Makes 130 Temporary Layoffs

Super Duty, F-650/750 Plant Going to One Shift on Slowing Consumer Demand

May 5, 2017
Ford will temporarily lay off 130 workers at its Ohio Assembly manufacturing facility in Avon Lake, Ohio. The plant, which builds the Super Duty, F-650, and F-750 trucks, will transition to one shift based on slowing consumer demand.
Photo 2/7   |   2016 Ford F 650 F 750 Ohio Assembly Production Line
According to Detroit News, the layoffs are part of a larger pattern of summer slowdowns across the automotive industry. Our monthly sales reports bear out that trend, as trucks and SUVs seem to be cooling off after years of hot showroom performance. Ford said sales of its medium-duty trucks had fallen about 11 percent through the first four months of 2017 compared to the same time period in 2016, and sales of the E-Series cutaway and stripped-chassis (which is also produced at Ohio Assembly) are likewise down about 5 percent.
Photo 3/7   |   002 Auto News Four Wheeler Ford Livonia Transmission Plant Ohio Assembly Plant F150 Raptor Ten Speed Transmission
Ford made waves in 2014 when it announced it would move production of its medium-duty F-650 and F-750 from Mexico to the Ohio plant. The plant employed 1,400 hourly workers that year. Moving medium-duty truck production to Ohio preserved jobs that would otherwise have been lost since the E-Series van's successor, the Transit, is built in Kansas City.
According to the News, the laid-off employees are expected to return to work this autumn. This could possibly be thanks to the updates Ford is making to the 2018 F-650 and F-750 trucks.
Sources: Detroit News, Ford
Photo 4/7   |   2016 Ford F 650 F 750 Ohio Assembly