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Ford Motor Co. will be temporarily laying off roughly 2,000 hourly employees at its Michigan Assembly and Stamping Plants in May so it can begin retooling the site’s facilities for production of the 2019 Ford Ranger and 2020 Ford Bronco. The location will be idled for roughly five months and Ford wants to make it very clear that these are temporary layoffs.

The automaker said in a notice in compliance with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that all affected employees will either return to the plant in October or transfer to another factory. Ford also said it would be ending production of the Focus sedan and C-Max on May 7th. 

According to The Detroit News , which obtained a copy of the WARN filing, the official date for employees to return to work will be October 22nd. Employees with a year seniority will receive roughly 75 percent of their pay during the layoff period.

“This is a temporary measure as we undertake extensive retooling to transform the plant to build the Ford Ranger, followed by the Ford Bronco,” company spokeswoman Kelli Felker explained. “The affected employees all will return to work — either at Michigan Assembly or at another Ford facility.”

Ford announced that it would invest an additional $150 million at Michigan Assembly above investments negotiated as part of the 2015 United Auto Workers contract last year. Negotiated as a part of that contract was a $700 million investment to retool the plant for truck and SUV production.

this article first appeared on thetruthaboutcars.com
 
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