Ford’s St Paul truck plant at idle in December…October 17, 2008
The Ford Ranger is one of Americas favourite medium-sized pickups. It was introduced a fair while ago (since the 80’s) & has survived right through to today. It still is a best-seller. And just to re-instate the Rangers importance, Ford has been given it another lease of life until at least 2011.
From there nobody knows. But even though the Ranger only dropped about 5% in sales compared to the overall markets 20%, it still can’t escape the current economic crisis that the world is currently facing.
That’s why, in December, all 1,000 workers at the St Paul’s Ranger plant will have a month long holiday in December. Usually, the plant only closes the week of Christmas, but to keep the cars up with demand, Ford has decided to add 3 weeks to the silence at the factory. Production should return to normal in Janurary 2009 sometime – just intime for the refreshed model.