Wayne is being tooled up to (re)launch the Ranger truck in the US, from 2019

Wayne is being tooled up to (re)launch the Ranger truck in the US, from 2019

Ford has said it will temporarily layoff about 2,000 hourly employees at its Michigan assembly and stamping plants in Wayne. The factories are to undergo retooling to build the Ranger pickup and Bronco SUV.

In a notice filed with the state of Michigan, Ford said the layoffs will last from May 7 though to  October 22 and said the 'mass layoff' is considered 'temporary' and down to retooling.

Reports say that affected employees will receive approximately 75 percent of their take-home pay if they have one year seniority and will all return to work either at Michigan Assembly or at another Ford facility.

The new Ford Bronco SUV will go into production at the plant in 2020, while the Ranger pickup trucks are expected to enter production later this year.

Ford's filing

Michigan Assembly Plant

  • Current total employment: Approximately 3,550
  • Production History
  • Current products: Ford Focus (4-door, 5-door), Focus Electric, Focus ST, C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi (plug-in hybrid)
  • Year opened: 1957
  • Site size in acres: 369
  • Plant size in square feet: 5,000,000