Somber Mood At St. Paul’s Ford Plant

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Ford Motor Company is leaving St. Paul after 86 years in business. The plant will lock its doors on Dec. 19 and will affect 769 workers.

“It’s kind of been inevitable,” said Jeff Haussler, an employee of 12 years. “A lot of people are transferring but there’s going to be just as many out of work.”

On Monday, union officials received word that the plant will close.

The reason for the closure is because Ford plans to discontinue making the Ranger truck in the U.S.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Many expected the announcement, but there were still some who held out hope that plant would be saved.

“I’ve worked here for four-and-a-half years and it seems like they’ve dragged on the closing,” said Thomas Freedi, a Ford employee. “I kind of started to lose hope over the past few months.”

According to the Associated Press, Ford had long planned to close the St. Paul plant.

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  1. H. Ford says:

    Way to go, Union! A little slice of Detroit in Highland Park!

  2. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    I know many people that work here and all the union protections and common human resources practices are gone. People are being worked well out of their pay range and not being paid for it, salaried people that is. All the promises of being paid severence are now being stomped on too. Ford is trying to make people say they will not take a transfer, for less money so that they do not have to pay them severence. If ever a place needed the attorney generals office to get involved, this is it. Maybe even a good class action attorneey…

    1. J. Gotti says:

      The union doesn’t care anymore because they won’t be paying dues anymore.

  3. MNwokrer says:

    Let’s move to china😦

  4. SteveO. says:

    More victims of the Obama economy.

    1. SteveO. says:

      Never mind. I really don’t have a clue what I’m talking about.

    2. Duh says:

      Seeing as how Ford’s been talking about discontinuing the Ranger for about six years now, and seeing how the Highland plant makes nothing but Rangers, this clearly is Obama’s fault.

      Or is it Clinton’s fault? Carter? Roosevelt?

      1. Nah says:

        Duh! It’s Obama’s fault! He ruined everything…. so tired of people blaming politics for everything.

  5. what!?! says:

    Are the discontinuing the ranger model ?

  6. Jeff says:

    About time, having worked there as a contractor ( non union I might add) this is long overdue and about time all the union slugs get hier due ( pun intended) I witnessed theft, drug abuse and workers hiding and sleeping on the job there. Report them, the company fires them, the union thugs get them re-instated. No wonder it is going out of business….no one to blame but themselves. Poor union officers, what will they do with out all the dues coming in? Go work at a 7-11…..

  7. steeb says:

    Bingo Jeff, I worked there to and saw much of the behavior you mention.

  8. UnionBossFool says:

    I think these laid off workers should be retrained for jobs at the new Viking stadium. Better than nothing…

    1. Druggies destroyed Ford says:

      Only if they pass a drug screening.

  9. Sue J says:

    The Unions sold the workers out! Detroit was the first, now St. Paul.

  10. Lyn says:

    Ford makes a new model diesel Ranger overseas. For me, an F-150 is too big, and I really would consider buying a new, more fuel-economical Ranger. What a waste. More jobs lost.

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