Ford to lay off 700 workers due to slow car sales

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Posted: Apr 23, 2015 6:07 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is laying off 700 workers at a Michigan assembly plant because of slow sales of the small cars and hybrids it makes.

The plant, in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, will move from three shifts to two starting June 22.

Ford says 675 assembly line workers and 25 salaried workers are affected.

Some workers will immediately transfer to other plants to cover summer vacations. Ford expects most will find jobs at other Michigan Ford plants by next spring.

This is the first plant shift Ford has cut since 2009.

Low gas prices have hurt sales of the Ford Focus and C-Max hybrid, which are made at the plant. Focus sales fell 6 percent last year, while C-Max sales dropped 22 percent.