Ford Motor Co.'s Avon Lake, OH, facility will idle 500 workers beginning March 26 as it cuts second shift production to reduce inventories of Mercury Villager/Nissan Quest minivans, the automaker says. Avon Lake employs 2,500 workers. Ford's Michigan Truck plant in Wayne and its Chicago Taurus/Sable factory are closed this week (Feb. 19-23), also for inventory control. Fiat SpA's Teksid Inc. castings unit will spend $41 million to build a second plant in Sylacauga, AL, to make engine ...

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