Friday, May 8, 2020

One For Glen

It was a Ford plant in Canada. Started out making Falcons in the 1960s. When they shut down, it was Crown Vics. There's a lot of why but some of it was an agreement between the U.S. and Canada that some auto production would have to be in Canada for the companies to sell cars there. When that agreement was found to be illegal, it meant the manufacturers could consolidate production elsewhere.

The plant had been making full sized rear wheel drive cars. It might have been a billion dollar project to convert it to something more modern. It wasn't money Ford was willing to invest.

Here's an elegy.

4 comments:

Old NFO said...

Sad end to a long history...

Glen Filthie said...

Yep. The hell of it is that when one factory guy loses his job... 4 others further up the supply chain do too.

I know what it’s like on that last day, knowing you will never be back this way, you’ll probably never see many of these these people you’ve worked with every day for years again...

Today our idiot prime minister yapping and virtue signalling about how he knows we’re all hurting... and promising to throw more money at the problem. As for me, I’m putting my money in a mattress. Yes, I think this could get that bad...

LSP said...

Asset-stripping bast**ds.

MrGarabaldi said...

Hey ASM;

I truly understand;

I worked at the Ford Motor Company Atlanta Assembly Plant, and we got shut down in 2006, and it sucked, when I hired on, I was told "keep your nose clean, do your job and this will be the last job you will ever have until you retire." Well It didn't happen. We knew we were in deep shit when the Fusion we were supposed to get went down to Mexico, Hey it was a lot cheaper to build down there than here in the states, NAFTA really fucked over the American Auto maker. The profit was so tight on a fully Loaded Taurus the car cost $28,000 the profit was $1,400. That was it, after all the bills were paid, that all was left to plow into Product and development and next generation stuff. It sucked. I was also a union rep, I had gone to the independent automotive finance classes that the union would sent their union reps that explained all the gobbligook so we could read all the BS on the spreadsheets, now that was fascinating. Well anyway, We knew in January that Ford was closing my plant in October. Ford was in bad shape, we had more plants than market share, Jack Nasser(The President of FoMoCo) at the time had bought a bunch of high end car brand when Ford was running hot in the 90's and he financed the buy with money equity from the Ford brand, the bread and butter. Well he pushed the high end brand and let the "blue Collar brand A.K.A Ford" languish" and by the middle of the 2000's Ford was compared to the other brand nor obsolete, not far from it, Read my blog and put Ford in the search engine, I have a lot of stories about it. Well anyway, I don't hate Ford for what happened, they did the best they could for us employees in a bad situation, we had relocation options, reeducation options or a lump sum severance package, I still have my pension and I still have my option to buy a new Ford at employee pricing. I am an A&P mechanic at the local airline making more money than I did at Ford, but I do miss my time at Ford, it was a different time with good people and I was proud to work for them.