Ford puts more jobs in its rearview m...

Ford puts more jobs in its rearview mirror

There are 48 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 8, 2007, titled Ford puts more jobs in its rearview mirror. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Ford Motor Co.'s ``Way Forward'' to profitability means leaving part of the Cleveland area behind.

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Kent resident

Danbury, CT

#1 May 8, 2007
Its very unfortunate that we are losing jobs. my heart goes out to the Ford families.
Its also very unfortunate that Americans are becoming more and more compelled to purchase foreign vehicles because they are getting more for their money... when is Ford going to realize that they need to start offering more! If they stand behind their vehicles, then why can they not offer a better warranty on them??? Personally, being a single mom now, I need to be able to rely on my vehicle and honestly can not afford to keep taking it in for repairs. Please wake up FORD CEO !
Steve D

Hobbs, NM

#2 May 8, 2007
Good old G.W. Bush running the factories right out of town. He must have taken a page from Ronald Reagan's play book.

Since: May 07

Indianapolis, IN

#3 May 8, 2007
Steve D wrote:
Good old G.W. Bush running the factories right out of town. He must have taken a page from Ronald Reagan's play book.
Yes of COOOOOURSE. It's all Bush's fault once again. A lot easier to blame Bush than provide actual insight isn't it Steve? Last time I checked Bush wasn't running Ford. Your kind blames Bush for rainy days.

I'm very late for work, gotta run - I'll just tell my boss it was Bush's fault.
m from stark

Atkinson, NH

#4 May 8, 2007
Kent resident wrote:
Its very unfortunate that we are losing jobs. my heart goes out to the Ford families.
Its also very unfortunate that Americans are becoming more and more compelled to purchase foreign vehicles because they are getting more for their money... when is Ford going to realize that they need to start offering more! If they stand behind their vehicles, then why can they not offer a better warranty on them??? Personally, being a single mom now, I need to be able to rely on my vehicle and honestly can not afford to keep taking it in for repairs. Please wake up FORD CEO !
i fullY agree. I own two Fords, and they are junk, one's been towed twice the other has had an engine replaced. This is why my new car is a GM and not made in the US.

Since: May 07

Indianapolis, IN

#5 May 8, 2007
Kent resident wrote:
Its very unfortunate that we are losing jobs. my heart goes out to the Ford families.
Its also very unfortunate that Americans are becoming more and more compelled to purchase foreign vehicles because they are getting more for their money... when is Ford going to realize that they need to start offering more! If they stand behind their vehicles, then why can they not offer a better warranty on them??? Personally, being a single mom now, I need to be able to rely on my vehicle and honestly can not afford to keep taking it in for repairs. Please wake up FORD CEO !
You make very good points. According to "Simplistic Steve D", it's the President's fault (sigh...). But you in my opinion are much closer to the uncomfortable truth - that U.S. automakers are lagging behind Japan when it comes to reliable, fuel-efficient vehicles. There's a reason Toyota for the first time overtook GM in quarterly sales recently. It stinks to have to say it but it's true - The Japanese are building a much better product right now, and if the CEO's of American auto manufacturers can't see that their companies will only slide further.
Steve D

Hobbs, NM

#7 May 8, 2007
I find it amazing how MATT from Akron is on here and he continues to profile people based on what they say. People here who don't think that Bush is ruining the U.S. and the industries and businesses are blind! I'd say the 28% approval rating speaks for itself. In fact, there are many Republicans who are not happy with the job Bush has done. There are many things that Democrats do that I don't like either. There are things that both partied do that I like and dislike. I put myself in the middle of Republican and Democrat and if there was a political party that would be middle of the road, I'd support it.

Matt from Akron will still be here profiling people based on their statements. I'd be willing to be he's a racist too.
IM Wright

Cleveland, OH

#8 May 8, 2007
My heart goes out to every single Ford worker who is being affected by this. Unfortunately, FORD has no one to blame but themselves. I will never ever buy a Ford product ever again after my wife purchased a Ford Focus. I have a Toyota Corolla and my Toyota is 3 years older than her Focus was and it is STILL running great. Basic maintenance on the Ford was always considerably more than my Toyota. Each time the oil needed to be changed on the Ford, it always cost 6-10 dollars MORE because of the oil needed: 5W-20 and many places don't have it in bulk, so they charge you by the quart. Tires: pretty much the same size, but yet, it cost about $10-15 more per tire.

It's the small stuff like that deterred me from Ford forever. Not to mention the "wear and tear", which happened sooner on the Focus.

So, we bought a HYUNDAI because of the quality and features for the price. I will continue to buy Toyota as well.

Ford and Chrysler need to wake the hell up -- like yesterday. If you were building a better and more quality product, you wouldn't be where you are today. People work hard for their money and the "Buy America" isn't good enough anymore. Not when it's crap.
Tony Z

Atlanta, GA

#9 May 8, 2007
I buy all of my cars at the GW Bush Toyota dealership in Crawford,TX
Anonymous

Ravenna, OH

#10 May 8, 2007
I like Ford cars and think they are as well made as any other. Ford's problem is that a foreign car is as well made, but sells at a lower price. Ford is losing market share and so is making fewer cars and using fewer employees. The smaller work force is paying for the retirement benefits and their excellent health care from when they had more workers. It's a pyramid sceme that is collapsing.
Steve D

Hobbs, NM

#11 May 8, 2007
IM Wright wrote:
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Really, Steve D. Is the "D" for "dumbass"?? Yeah, because it's the President's fault for Ford making a crappy product. Idiot.
Actually, Ford is making a very reliable product. I've owned 3 Fords in the last 12 years and they never needed major work in the shop. Just your general maintenance like oil and filter changes. I'd say it is well worth the money to buy a Ford. I now own a 2007 Fusion......best car on the market right now.
Small Cars Fuel Happy

Akron, OH

#13 May 8, 2007
Maybe if they'd concentrate on a small, reliable, fuel efficient car, instead of those monster stupid trucks that are larger than a house, people could keep their jobs! BUY FORD F150 AND YOU'LL LOOK COOL! Not!
FWIW

Washington, DC

#14 May 8, 2007
"Its also very unfortunate that Americans are becoming more and more compelled to purchase foreign vehicles because they are getting more for their money... when is Ford going to realize that they need to start offering more!"

They are offering more -- to their workers. Their workers have health care plans and pension plans that Ford has to provide -- in other countries they have nationalized those costs.

This is why most companies are moving away from defined benefit pension plans to defined contribution 401k-type plans -- it reduces their long-term exposure.

Eventually this same problem will manifest itself with Social Security, and the younger generations will change it [and all of the old folks will complain].
Teddy

Lakewood, OH

#16 May 8, 2007
Ask not for whom the bell tolls autoworkers. Today it was the Brookpark plant, tomorrow (literally?) it could be Lordstown or Twinsburg. Both of these plants are pretty vulnerable in my opinion.

So begins the NE Ohio downward spiral. Whether or not you agree with the UAW, bottom line is that high paying jobs are leaving and they are not being replaced. Compare what Little Tikes and other plastic factories pay to the auto makers.

Higher taxes, combined with under employment. Bad combinations. Opps, time for me to stick my head back in the sand....Go Tribe! he he um, yeah
Tim

Lubbock, TX

#17 May 8, 2007
Another Big hit in the city of Cleveland. As a member of the Laborers Local 310, I want to let the people at the plant to know I support them and will stand on a line if need be. Maybe this should be taken to the White House. Nevermind, He doesnt CARE ABOUT THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN AMERICA. I think its time to raise our voices so they can hear us. Good luck to all the men and women at the casting plant.
FWIW

Washington, DC

#20 May 8, 2007
"We have some good things that are not marketed as a package - health care system, parks, good suburban schools, low housing costs, etc."

Unfortunately what you don't have is a highly educated workforce -- you still fundamentally have a blue-collar available workforce. Absent significant investment in education over a period of years, it is unlikely that this will change.

Maybe folks will remember this when the next school levy comes up for a vote...
XAkronite

AOL

#21 May 8, 2007
Have you seen who builds Fords? Take a trip to the parking lot at break time or lunch. Perhaps if the workforce weren't so drunk and stoned.....
Truth is Job 1

United States

#22 May 8, 2007
IM Wright wrote:
My heart goes out to every single Ford worker who is being affected by this. Unfortunately, FORD has no one to blame but themselves. I will never ever buy a Ford product ever again after my wife purchased a Ford Focus. I have a Toyota Corolla and my Toyota is 3 years older than her Focus was and it is STILL running great. Basic maintenance on the Ford was always considerably more than my Toyota. Each time the oil needed to be changed on the Ford, it always cost 6-10 dollars MORE because of the oil needed: 5W-20 and many places don't have it in bulk, so they charge you by the quart. Tires: pretty much the same size, but yet, it cost about $10-15 more per tire.
It's the small stuff like that deterred me from Ford forever. Not to mention the "wear and tear", which happened sooner on the Focus.
So, we bought a HYUNDAI because of the quality and features for the price. I will continue to buy Toyota as well.
This has to be the most idiotic post I have ever seen. 1) Most cars today use 5w-20 because of CAFE. If your oil change place charged you by the quart thats your own fault, mine is 22.95 regardless of bulk vs. quart...is that Fords fault....No. 2) Tires on the Focus cost more....you said "about the same size"...I can bet you if they where the exact same size and brand...they would be the same price. Different cars have different tire sizes and performance qualities...Fords fault no....you are not comparing apples to apples. Yet $10 dollars on a oil change (your fault) and $40 dollars on tires (how often do you change tires..every 4-5 years) Are the "little things" that make conclude that Ford makes crap?

Wake up people...Ford and GM are making higher quality vehicles than the Asian companies...just look at the JD power ratings. If you can feel good about buying a "Korean" car instead of Ford for those reasons, I can't wait to hear about the cost of your first scheduled service. You will be in for a surprise.
The Don

Akron, OH

#23 May 8, 2007
Vote for my tax increase, or Goodyear WILL LEAVE!
From The Heights

Marion, OH

#24 May 8, 2007
Spirit of Reagan, if you live your entire life around Wall Street, I'm sure that the economy would seem just dandy to you.

But here in Northeastern Ohio -- back in the real world -- the economy is in the tank, and the tank itself is sinking fast.

If the economy was really so great, 500 Ford workers in Cleveland wouldn't be on the street, looking for new jobs.

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#25 May 8, 2007
Maybe Mayor Big Don Plus-Minus should quit pandering for pounding tax dollars into lost causes like Goodyear and redirect his efforts towards bringing a Toyota or Honda plant to the Akron area. Just as with the rubber companies, the unions and management at Ford combine to eliminate manufacturing jobs. A no-win situation for the blue-collar worker.

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