There will be 230 Ford job cuts at the Van Dyke Transmission plant in Sterling Heights and 25 at the Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing plant. The moves are being made to rebalance production. The Ford job cuts at the Van Dyke Transmission plant are going to take place in the first quarter of 2019.
“As we continue to rebalance our production to match capacity with customer demand, we are planning a reduction of approximately 230 jobs at Van Dyke Transmission Plant in the first quarter of 2019. All full-time hourly employees affected will be offered jobs at another Ford plant,” a Ford spokesperson told FordAuthority in a statement.
According to the Ford corporate site, there are currently 1,550 people employed at the Van Dyke Transmission plant. Among the current products are the 6F50 (6F) automatic transmission, 6F55 automatic transmission, 6F 35 (6F Mid) automatic transmission, stampings and the HF35 transmission.
The Ford job cuts at the Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing plant have already taken place, according to WXYZ TV. They involved 25 temporary part-time jobs. The television station said all of those workers found work at other plants. Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing, according to the Ford corporate site, makes suspension parts, truck axels, stampings, tire and wheels and frames. It currently employs 803 people.
In November, Ford also announced it was shuffling jobs. Ford made the shuffle so it can produce more full-size SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator, which saw year-over-year sales increase 81 percent in October, and the Ford Expedition, which has seen sales rise 36 percent in the same time frame.
While no jobs were cut this time around, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas believes Ford could cut as many as 25,000 jobs as part of its upcoming restructuring. The investment bank believes Ford’s restructuring, which will also see it invest $11 billion by 2022, will result in the Dearborn-based automaker cutting back on the amount of hourly and salaried workers it employs. Major changes are looming at Ford Europe, Jonas’ report predicts, but the UAW and CAW aren’t safe either.