Staggered in recent years by layoffs and slumping sales, the Ford St. Thomas assembly plant has been dealt what may be its final body blow.
In a recent meeting with Ford of Canada, Canadian Auto Workers union officials were told all three vehicles made at the plant will be phased out — and no replacement vehicles are planned after 2011.
“You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. If we do not have a new product they will close the plant,” said Scott Smith, chairperson of CAW Local 1520 at the plant.
“There are a lot of people’s livelihoods at stake here and it is hard for people to hear what the reality is.”