Much disassembly required at Ford plant

  • Article by: JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 16, 2011 - 7:57 AM

With the last Ranger rolling away Friday, Ford will begin demolishing the 86-year-old plant and test for pollution.

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katearmDec. 15, 11 9:21 PM

Very sorry to see the plant closing and the loss of jobs. Can the location be considered for the new Vikings Stadium? I really don't know how many acres are there, but something to consider for St. Paul!!!!!!!!!!!

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gmamonkDec. 16, 11 2:55 AM

There is 122 acres. I had said too that should be considered for a Vikings Stadium but I would imagine it has to be Mpls and not St.Paul

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dougdodgeDec. 16, 11 3:09 AM

Not sure why Ford always gets the credit, but it was Olds who was first with the assembly line.

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toolman28Dec. 16, 11 4:57 AM

Ford is just making the same updated truck over seas , Job Creaters ? Yes but not in the USA

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Willy53Dec. 16, 11 5:42 AM

The stone carving of noble workers is almost shocking in today's political climate. Instead of acknowledging the sacrifice workers make to suffer the physical hardships of assembly work and hard labor for the profit of their employers, the Republican Party has chosen to enforce a privlaged view of company ownership, projecting a picture of labor as undeserving, overpaid and ungrateful. The attack on a basic human right of workers recognized in the laws of our land is unprecedented since labor gained the right to organize. Let's understand that NAFTA and other US laws that encourage the exportation of labaor and the reimportation of products are at the heart of this mass factory shutdown. All of it, tax structure that favors the wealthy and unnecessary tax cuts that make the cutting of benefits for the middle and lower classes are combining with our unfair trade laws to decimate wages and available jobs that support the American Dream. We can continue down this path and watch the recession/depression deepen or we can acknowledge the forces that create a healthy economy and society, namely strong wages and the ability to make things.

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minneg56Dec. 16, 11 6:02 AM

Although it's not a surprise and has been know for some time , it's still a sad day in Highland Park.

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hlessardDec. 16, 11 6:23 AM

My father and my oldest brother retired from Ford. This plant was a great facility, which had everything. A great workforce, power from the dam, and location. They actually made glass for the old cars from the great limestone powder mined from underneath the plant in the old days. Good luck and god bless to all of the Ford workers.

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winsettzDec. 16, 11 6:36 AM

Willy53: Yup. Back then, Ford loved his workers. Nowadays, workers don't seem to expect the same from their bosses. And perhaps they shouldn't?

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battphoneDec. 16, 1111:24 AM

Yet another great place lost to cheap labor because we all love to shop at Wal-Mart. We are a victim of our own practices. If you want a quality product, you have to pay more for it. Why can't we get that?

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chatterton4Dec. 16, 1112:44 PM

Perhaps Ford is doing this and the author just didn't mention it, but it would be good for Ford to do in its disassembly what Lockeed/Martin has been quietly doing as it slowly winds down its Eagan facility. L/M has been donating items that it is surely not cost-effective to transfer to other facilities, such as paper, notebooks, pens, etc., to local schools which are so pinched for funds that these items are often otherwise purchased by the teacher with the teacher's own money. Good work L/M. You should do it too, Ford.

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