Bad news for workers at the AutoAlliance plant in Flat Rock, Michigan: Approximately 900 workers at the joint venture between Ford and Mazda will be out of work come July 12.
Thanks to slower sales of the Mazda 6, the plant, which builds both the 6 and the Ford Mustang, will axe one of its two shifts. As a result, remaining employees will reportedly witness a 35-percent increase in assembly line speed.
"Ford and Mazda continually evaluate their production needs and both companies have been working aggressively to match capacity with market demand," Ford's Hallie Robinson told Fox 2 Detroit.
Although AAI is still ironing out the details of the cut, reports indicate some of the 900 workers will be given the chance to relocate to other Ford plants in the area that are ramping up production as demand increases.
Ford opened the facility in Flat Rock in 1972, but closed it in 1981. Mazda bought the factory in 1982 and retooled it to build its 626 and MX-6 models. Ford bought a 50-percent stake in the operations in 1992, and has used the facility to manufacture Mustangs since 2005.
Source: Fox 2 Detroit