Ford to Lay Off 700 in Michigan, Citing Poor Sales

DETROIT (Detroit Free Press/TNS) -

Ford said it would lay off 700 workers at its plant in Wayne, Mich., to compensate for declining sales.

Ford said it would cut a shift at the plant, where it makes the Ford Focus compact car and C-Max crossover.

The decision affects 675 hourly workers and 25 salaried employees.

The first 200 workers will be laid off at the end of June; another 200 at the end of July and the rest at the end of September.

Ford expects that the first 200 laid-off workers will be redeployed quickly across the roughly 15 assembly, stamping, engine and transmission plants in southeast Michigan, filling in for workers on vacation, said Ford spokesperson Kristina Adamski.