Ford To Keep 2,000 Workers In Avon Lake

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) - There is good news for Avon Lake auto workers.

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to keep 2,000 workers at its Avon Lake assembly plant for at least five years.

In May, the company agreed to rehire about 850 workers laid off when the company shut down production of the Villager minivan.

Under the deal announced on Friday, Ford also promised to keep 1,200 workers who build the Econoline van.

Ford said that it would build the new Escape sport utility vehicle there beginning next summer.

The state promised $36 million in tax credits and grants to support the Avon Lake plant. That's about half of what the state originally offered if Ford would guarantee the jobs for 20 years.

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