Line To Close At Ford Ohio Assembly Plant In Avon Lake

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) - About 980 workers will be laid off in June from the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake. Ford earlier had announced it would discontinue its Villager minivan, produced jointly with the Nissan Quest. On Friday, the company set the date.

Key facts about the plant:

Opened: 1974, with purchase of old Fruehauf truck manufacturing facility.

Expanded: 1992 with construction of Mercury Villager/Nissan Quest line.

Employees: About 900 in the Villager/Quest line; 1,600 producing bodies for Econoline vans.

Size: 419 acres, 3.7 million square feet.

History: The Econoline plant ships truck bodies to Lorain for final assembly. Ford announced plans last year to begin production in 2002 of a new heavy-duty Econoline truck. For the Villager/Quest line, but the union contract requires that workers at that line remain on payroll through 2003.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)