DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. in September will cut a shift at its assembly plant in Wixom, Mich., and lay off 900 hourly and 80 salaried employees.
The move will reduce the plant's work force by 25 percent.
The layoffs affect one of two shifts there that make the Lincoln Town Car, Continental and LS. The plant also has two shifts that make the Ford Thunderbird, but those workers will not be affected.
This is the second round of plant layoffs that are part of Ford's restructuring plan announced Jan. 11. The first layoffs affected 600 hourly and 30 salaried workers at the automaker's plant in Edison, N.J., which makes the Ford Ranger.
Ford's restructuring plan calls for layoffs at nine more plants and the closing of five plants in the next five years. Plants to be closed are: the Edison, N.J., assembly plant; the Oakville, Ontario, truck plant; St. Louis, Mo., assembly plant; Cleveland aluminum casting plant; and the Dearborn, Mich., Vulcan Forge plant.
The plan is expected to help Ford to meet its goal of reaching $7 billion in annual pre-tax profit by 2005.