Rebirth of an engine plant
Plain Dealer: Over the past six years, Ford’s Engine Plant No. 1 in Brook Park has held a mirror to the health of the domestic auto industry.
In 2007, Ford executives announced they were “temporarily” closing the factory while the company worked through its inventory of engines. The shutdown lasted almost two years while Ford put itself through a painful restructuring and re-imagining of its product lines and strategy — and the entire American auto sector suffered a near-death experience.
Engine Plant No. 1, which reopened in 2009 with a single shift, will soon add 450 employees to the 1,065 working there now.
In a very different era, Ford employed 16,000 in its Brook Park complex. Those days are long gone. But the rebirth of Engine Plant No. 1 — thanks in no small measure to the sacrifices of its United Auto Workers members — is evidence that American manufacturing can compete and succeed in the global marketplace.