Ford Motor Co. will close its 46-year-old Lorain, OH, Econoline assembly plant by January 2006, affecting as many as 1,200 jobs, a United Auto Workers union official confirms. Econoline vans now will be built exclusively in Avon Lake, OH, where about 45,000 Escape cross/utility vehicles currently are produced in addition to a portion of Econoline production. Ford Econoline production will shift to Avon Lake. Ford, last year, said it would axe Lorain within four years in order to ...

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