Ford's Claycomo Plant Dodges Closure 'Bullet'

Plant build's profit F150 pickup and hybrid versions of the Escape and Mariner SUVs.

Published: 26-Jan-2006

Ford's plan to eliminate 30,000 jobs is the latest blow for the American auto industry, which is bogged down by massive fixed costs and relentless competitive pressure.

The Kansas City area, however, dodged another bullet: Ford's Claycomo plant was not on the list of plants to be shuttered.

Claycomo churns out some of Ford's top products, including the F-150 pickup and two popular compact sport-utility vehicles: the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. Both SUVs are available in the gasoline-electric hybrid mode.

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