Despite Meeting, Ford Still Plans to Close
Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other state leaders made their pitch to Ford executives, but the company hasn’t changed its decision to close its St. Paul plant.
Pawlenty says the group presented on Wednesday a package of tax breaks and refunds authorized by the Legislature and signed into law in April.
Pawlenty says the group didn’t expect that Ford would change its decision, but wanted executives to know Minnesota had a plan and desire to keep the plant open.
However, Pawlenty says Ford expressed its desire for manufacturing plants that can run around-the-clock using a single platform to make multiple vehicles.
The St. Paul plant makes only Ford Ranger compact pickups. The plant is scheduled to close in the fall of 2011.