Ford eliminating 280 jobs in St. Thomas, Ont.

Plant will cut jobs in July and lose one production shift next year
||Last Updated: 05/16/2006

Ford will cut about 280 jobs at its St. Thomas, Ont., plant in July as part of a major assembly cutback, the Canadian Auto Workers union says.

Production of Ford Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis cars will be cut to 45 an hour from 55 beginning in July and the plant will drop to a four-day week. The automaker will also eliminate one production shift next year, which could wipe out another 900 positions.

In the first three months of 2006, sales of the Crown Victoria fell six per cent in the United States, while sales of the Grand Marquis fell 19 per cent.