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Ford plant to cut shift

Ford Motor Co. will cut production to one shift at its Michigan Truck Plant in the second quarter of 2007, citing declining demand for the big sport utility vehicles assembled there.
Michigan Truck, which makes the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs, is the largest Ford assembly plant in Michigan. The factory, located in Wayne, was once the most profitable automotive plant in the world, generating $10 billion in revenue annually as SUV sales soared in the late 1990s.
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From the linked article:

"Ford, which confirmed the move Wednesday, said it has not yet determined how many workers will be affected by the decision, but people familiar with the plan said Ford will cut about 700 of the plant's 2,800 jobs. Some displaced workers could be transferred to other Ford facilities."

I just don't understand how you go from a two shift operation to a single shift....but only cut 25% of the jobs. The vast majority of the workforce is directly associated with the shift activities. I suspect the numbers will be quite a bit higher.


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