DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford says it will cut up to 30,000 jobs and idle 14 plants by the year 2012.
The cuts represent up to one quarter of Ford's North American work force of 122,000. Ford has approximately 87,000 hourly workers and 35,000 salaried workers in the region.
Plants to be idled through 2008 include St. Louis, Atlanta and Wixom, Michigan, assembly plants and Batavia Transmission in Ohio. Windsor Casting in Ontario also will be idled, previously announced following contract negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers.
Another two assembly plants to be idled will be determined later this year.