Ford submits demolition plan for shuttered factory

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#1 Dec 10, 2012
The Ford Motor Co. has submitted a plan to the city of St. Paul outlining the decommissioning and demolition of its old factory in the Highland Park neighborhood.

The application for the plan can be reviewed on the city's website at stpaul.gov/index.aspx... .

A public meeting on the plan will be hosted by the Community Development Committee of the Highland District Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Ave.

Additionally, a public hearing will be held by the St. Paul City Council at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

After 86 years of operation, Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant closed last December.

A public task force is advising the city on redeveloping the 122-acre site as Ford prepares to sell it.

http://www.twincities.com/stpaul/ci_22149735/...

THANK GOD for unions, those workers must be so happy
Bob Schmahl

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Dec 10, 2012
Hey, moron, the union had nothing at all to do with the Ford plant in St. Paul closing.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#4 Dec 10, 2012
Star Tribune wrote:
After two days of voting, 67 percent of the United Auto Workers in St. Paul have voted to ratify a new employment contract with Ford Motor Co.

The International UAW has until 10 tonight to tally votes from locals across the nation on the pact.

If the contract is approved, the 925 union workers at Ford's Ranger truck plant in St. Paul will stay on the job into 2009, a year beyond when Ford first planned to close the factory.

Improved Canadian truck sales are believed to have won the plant a temporary reprieve, union leaders said.

The pact will also give "typical workers" on the plant floor up to $12,904 in raises, signing bonuses and cost-of-living adjustments over four years and put management of retiree health-care benefits in the hands of the union for the first time.

For Ford, the pact creates a new, lower-tier wage system for new hires, a difficult clause for UAW members to digest, said Roger Terveen, president of Local 879. The new wage is about $14.20 an hour, less than half the $28 to $30 made by longtime workers and also shy of the $18 that temporary workers make.

"This was a huge issue with a lot of members," Terveen saidhttp://www.startribune.com /business/11822946.html
$28-30 for a $14 job not bad right?
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#5 Dec 10, 2012
Oddly enough, your numbers have no relationship to reality, as usual... The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#6 Dec 10, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
Oddly enough, your numbers have no relationship to reality, as usual... The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
not to go off into idiot tanget world but care to explain those numbers
blame the boy muslim

United States

#8 Dec 10, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
Hey, moron, the union had nothing at all to do with the Ford plant in St. Paul closing.
good lets get a NON union facility built and generate some real vale in MFG. not the liberal smoke and mirror policy from barry's world view.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#9 Dec 10, 2012
Sure, they're as intelligent AS YOURS....

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Dec 10, 2012
can't they sell the land? or are they hoping things will get better?
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so they can reuse the site.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#11 Dec 10, 2012
Sangelia wrote:
can't they sell the land? or are they hoping things will get better?
.
so they can reuse the site.
The factory did a hellacious job on the soil and it will take years and a whole lot of remediation to get it safe for certain uses of the land. Ford itself is done there and won't be back, but new plants have gone up elsewhere since the decision was made to close doors.
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Dec 10, 2012
ZenBirdist wrote:
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The factory did a hellacious job on the soil and it will take years and a whole lot of remediation to get it safe for certain uses of the land. Ford itself is done there and won't be back, but new plants have gone up elsewhere since the decision was made to close doors.
In 50 or so years the grounds used for electric car battery production will be going through cleanup.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#13 Dec 10, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
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In 50 or so years the grounds used for electric car battery production will be going through cleanup.
Much like those mercury laden lightbulbs.
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Dec 10, 2012
ZenBirdist wrote:
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Much like those mercury laden lightbulbs.
Yes, working at a metro company there was a guy rebulbing the hallway.

A friend walked by and all the flurcent bulbs on his cart fell and broke. Probably 50 4 foot bulbs broke. Their reaction was to vacume up the glass and that's it.

The hallway was used by an onsite daycare provider with kids playing in the same hallway where the mercury laden bulbs broke.

Interesting how unhealthy condition are ignored. However they say: pollution solution is dilution.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#15 Dec 10, 2012
Nice you promptly reported the hazard, right ???
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Dec 10, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
Nice you promptly reported the hazard, right ???
The building was a government facility leased and you don't want to be a whistle blower or you are terminated, rumor has it. These days jobs are exactly growing on trees.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#17 Dec 10, 2012
What a "fine" American, you complain about a problem, believe rumors, and are complicit in the cover-up.... Trifecti time.

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