January 22, 2006 - Posted 1:10 p.m. CST
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Ford Motor Company is expected to unveil a
restructuring plan today that could close its factory in Hazelwood.
The move would cut about 14-hundred jobs.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Ford plans to close ten
plants and lay off 25-thousand hourly workers. The company is
refusing to outline its plan before officially announcing it
The Hazelwood plant is ripe for closing because it makes the
Ford Explorer S-U-V, which has lost customers.
Missouri officials have asked Ford to consider other options,
like using the Hazelwood plant to build hybrid cars or turning it
into a ``flex-plant'' that could build different cars as needed.
But analysts say it's unlikely Ford will retool plants because
the company has limited money to spend.