St. Paul Says Goodbye to the Ford Assembly Plant

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In 1925, automaker Henry Ford opened what would be one of his company's most productive assembly plants in St. Paul, Minn. On December 16, the final Ford car will roll off the assembly line, WCCO reported.
In 1985, after years of producing a variety of automobiles, the plant was revamped to specifically produce the Ford Ranger, a fuel-efficient pickup truck. When the company announced its plans to discontinue the Ranger model, it inevitably meant the end of an era.
"At first, people were not really sure if it was closing, but now it's for sure," said Margie Rios, an employee at the St. Paul Ford Assembly Plant. "At first, they were in denial about that."
The St. Paul plant had generations of workers, such as third-generation worker Art Wiegele, who plans to continue his career elsewhere, unlike many of his fellow coworkers.
"I'm one of the lucky ones being transferred," said Wiegele. "I'm going to Louisville, Kentucky, but it's not easy."

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