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Ford will close a casting plant and suspend production for up to a year at an engine plant, both nearCleveland, Ohio, as the company takes the next steps in its “Way Forward” restructuring.

The casting plant will close in 2009; it supplies parts for Ford’s big V-8 engines used in its Super Duty trucks, E-Series vans, Expedition, and Navigator sport-utes.

 

In two weeks, Ford also will suspend production at the Cleveland Engine Plant #1, which has built V-6 engines for its Five Hundred and Freestyle vehicles, now redubbed the Taurus and Taurus X. Engines for these vehicles — newly updated 3.5-liter V-6 engines — will be assembled at the Cleveland Engine Plant #2.

 

While the casting plant will be shuttered as a strategic move by Ford to get out of the casting business, the company says it could reopen the engine plant sooner than a year from now, if demand for its products begins to grow. When it does reopen, it will be another source for Ford’s new 3.5-liter V-6.

 

The casting plant, which opened in 1952, has 1218 workers. The engine plant employs 577 workers.

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