Ford to shut Wixom and 13 other plants
"""Restructuring to cut up to 30,000 manufacturing jobs and 4,000 salaried positions.
Ford Motor Co. today unveiled a sweeping North American restructuring plan that includes slashing up to 30,000 manufacturing jobs, cutting 4,000 salaried positions, and closing 14 factories, including an assembly plant in Wixom.
The long-awaited plan titled "Way Forward” is designed to return Ford's North American operations to profitability by 2008. Those operations posted a pre-tax loss of $1.6 billion last year, the company said.""""
This comes as no surprise, but it's sad to see. My dad's retired from Ford's, and other family members also work there.
Many Wixom workers commute from Livingston County so the fallout will hit here as well, particulary the Brighton area. That'll mean less money will be spent in the county, particulary restaurants and retail. More for sale signs will probably go up as well, lowering the tax base of the community. The suppliers are also going to be affected by this. It's simply bad news for Michigan. The trickle down effect will be noticed.
Lastly, Buy American.