Ford chairman William Clay Ford Junior has told Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura that the Ford Ranger assembly plant in St. Paul won't close, said the local Star Tribune newspaper, quoting Associated Press.

"We're not gonna turn our back on this plant," the Ford chairman told reporters.

The newspaper said that 1,900 factory workers had been worried that Ford would close the plant after it redesigns the Ranger in a few years.

Before meeting the governor, Ford, in town for his company's annual meeting, spent about 90 minutes touring the plant and meeting management and union leaders, the Star Tribune said.

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