Dec. 19 is the last day for St. Paul Ford plant and its 800 workers

The Pioneer Press reports Ford officials have set Dec. 19 as the close date for their assembly plant in St. Paul. The closing impacts nearly 800 workers. Ford has planned to close the plant for some time, but has delayed setting a shutdown date.
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The Pioneer Press reports Ford officials have set Dec. 19 as the close date for their assembly plant in St. Paul. The closing impacts nearly 800 workers. Ford has planned to close the plant for some time, but has delayed setting a shutdown date.

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