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St. Paul’s Ford Plant to close Dec. 22, union says

After years of discussion, St. Paul’s Ford Plant will finally close Dec. 22, union workers say.

USA Today says that will mark the end of Ford’s production of the Ranger pickup.

For years, St. Paul officials have been trying to persuade Ford to delay the closing of the plant on the Mississippi River in Highland Park, but to no avail. Lots of planning has gone into ways to redevelop the site, too.

The local UAW chapter’s newsletter says:

“We are scheduled to run until December 22, 2011. The Leadership of Twin Cities Assembly Plant and its members thanked the UAW and Plant leaderships’ for their support during these difficult times for our plant.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Clayton Haapala on 06/22/2011 - 02:18 pm.

    Is it just me, or have I only RECENTLY seen ads for the Ford Ranger pickup on TV? I have always wondered why I only have seen “Northland Ford” ads for F-150 trucks.

  2. Submitted by Gregory Lang on 06/26/2011 - 12:37 pm.

    Ford has been running a free-standing ad for a Ranger 4×4 package lately. Other than that Ford has mentioning the Ranger in ads about Ford vehicles or Ford trucks. Typically, something about the Ranger having the best mileage of any new pickup truck. Also, Ford has some car centered ads about the best mileage Ford vehicles which mention the Ranger as the best mileage pickup.

    Basically, the Ford Ranger has had only minor and cosmetic changes for almost a decade. Everyone knows the basics of the Ford Ranger. Even with cars advertising goes down late in the design life.

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