Ford Motor Co. is notifying employees that it will eliminate the second shift at its St. Louis Assembly plant in early 2005. While the auto maker plans to keep one shift running until at least through 2007, according to plans announced last year during the United Auto Workers union contract negotiations, the company now says it will lop off shift No.2 starting Jan. 3, affecting some 800 of the plant’s 2,500-plus employees. Ford will scale back Explorer production. The shift ...

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