Ford Motor Co. opens an aluminum casting plant in Brook Park, OH, to make aluminum engine blocks for an all-new global inline 4-cyl. engine. The powerplant will make its debut in the '01 Ranger compact pickup. The 210,000 sq.-ft. plant currently employs 95 workers. Initial annual production is expected to be 110,000 units. Crown North America Inc., an automotive conversion services company, says it will open a new plant in St. Thomas, Ont., to provide Ford with a new generation of police ...

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