FEBRUARY 5, 2019 — 1,000 EMPLOYEES LAID OFF IN FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN
Ford Motor Company has announced the layoff of at least 1,012 employees in its Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant which builds the Lincoln Continental and Ford Mustang. The plant will move to a single shift in the coming months.
According to a company spokesperson, the decision is part of the ongoing restructuring of Ford and is part of a “re-balancing of production” at some of the domestic plants.
Ford Motor Company has halted the production of its iconic F-150 pickup trucks at its Kansas City Assembly plant due to a fire at one of its sole-source vendors. Approximately 4,000+ employees were temporarily laid-off through no fault of their own when a fire hit Meridian Lightweight Technologies plant in Easton Rapids, Michigan. The layoffs may extend to other assembly plants affected by a lack of critical components required to assemble the vehicles.
It appears that approximately 2,700 employees were also temporarily idled at the Louisville, Kentucky facility. .
While Ford may pay partial salaries and other assistance may be available, this type of unexpected incident leading to income disruption should serve as a warning for all employees to begin to build a personal emergency fund to help ease any temporary loss of income.
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