Ford To Build New Vehicle In Avon Lake

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) - Good news for Ford workers. The company says it will rehire about 800 workers who are being laid off at the Avon Lake assembly plant.

Ford Motor Co. officials and Ohio Gov. Bob Taft announced on Wednesday morning that Ford will start producing a sport utility vehicle at the plant to replace a minivan that was canceled in January.

In about a month, Ford will end production of the Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest minivans at the Avon Lake assembly plant, approximately 40 miles west of Cleveland.

Ford originally said that decision could cost as many as 900 workers their jobs.

The company now says that it will rehire workers next summer to build the Escape SUV.

Ford said that its decision was based in part on a generous aid package from the state.

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