AVON LAKE, Ohio - Avon Lake's Ford plant will lay off workers this summer, Mayor Greg Zilka confirmed to newsnet5.com.
The plant has been phasing out its production of the Econoline van, we reported in 2011, in favor of producing medium-duty trucks.
Zilka said that he heard rumors of layoffs and called Ford headquarters, who confirmed it to him but would not release more details.
Ford released the following statement Tuesday night:
“As part of our One Ford plan, Ford continues to restructure its manufacturing footprint to match capacity with demand. With the all-new Transit van starting at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant later this year, the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant is preparing to balance out our E-Series van production. While Ohio Assembly retools for future product, the plant will experience some down time and approximately half of the plant employees will go on layoff until further notice. Ford remains committed to Ohio Assembly and the plant will continue to play a key role in Ford’s global Manufacturing strategy.”
Also in 2011, Ford made a $128 million investment in the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake after the state approved an incentive package valued at $15 million. Ford will get a $1 million tax break until 2026 as long as it keeps the plant open.
Newsnet5.com will update this story as information becomes available.