The United Auto Workers union confirms its recently negotiated contract with Ford Motor Co. authorizes the closure of two assembly plants – one in New Jersey and one in Ohio. The latter – Lorain Assembly – was not among those cited for shutdown when Ford outlined terms of its revitalization plan in 2002. The auto maker’s original strategy called for the closure of its assembly facility in St. Louis. (See related story: Time Will Tell if Ford Cuts Effective) Opened in 1958, Lorain employs ...

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