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Ford to cut 7,000 white-collar jobs during restructuring

(Photo/Ford Motor Co.)

  • In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs

  • About 1,500 have left voluntarily or with buyouts, while another 300 have already been laid off

  • About 500 workers will be let go starting this week, largely in and around the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. 


From the Associated Press newswire
Published May 20, 2019 — 1:00 p.m. EST

Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce, the Associated Press is reporting.

The major revamp, which had been under way since last year, will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager.

In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs. About 1,500 have left voluntarily or with buyouts, while another 300 have already been laid off. About 500 workers will be let go starting this week, largely in and around the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside Detroit.

“To succeed in our competitive industry, and position Ford to win in a fast-charging future, we must reduce bureaucracy, empower managers, speed decision making and focus on the most valuable work, and cost cuts,” Hackett’s wrote.

It’s the second set of layoffs for Detroit-area automakers, even though the companies are making healthy profits. Sales in the U.S., where the automakers get most of their revenue, have fallen slightly but still are strong.

In November, General Motors announced it would shed up to 14,000 workers as it cut expenses to prepare for a shift to electric and autonomous vehicles. The layoffs included closure of five factories in the U.S. and Canada and cuts of another 8,000 white-collar workers worldwide. About 6,000 blue-collar positions were cut, but most of laid-off factory workers in the U.S. will be placed at other plants mainly that build trucks and SUVs.

Both companies have said the cuts are needed because the companies face huge capital expenditures to update their current vehicles and develop them for the future.

At GM, the cuts brought withering criticism from President Donald Trump and Congress, especially the closing of a small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Trump campaigned on bringing factory jobs back to the industrial Midwest. GM has since announced a possible deal to sell the Lordstown plant to a startup electric vehicle maker, but it hasn’t been finalized.

Ford’s white-collar employees had been fearful since last July when the company said the restructuring would cost $7 billion in cash and hit pretax earnings by $11 billion over the next three to five years. Many have been upset that it took so long for the company to make decisions.

Factory workers have not been affected by the restructuring thus far, as the company has retooled car plants so they can build more popular trucks and SUVs.

The layoffs, while large, weren’t as bad as many had expected. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas predicted 25,000 white-collar job cuts late last year, a number that Ford would not deny.

Hackett said in the memo that Ford is departing from past practices and letting laid-off employees stay a few days to wrap up their jobs and say good-bye to colleagues. In the past, laid-off workers would have had to pack up and leave immediately.

“Ford is a family company and saying goodbye to colleagues is difficult and emotional,” Hackett wrote.

Hackett told workers that under the restructuring, managers now will have seven people reporting to them on average, up from five before changes were initiated began. That reduces management bureaucracy by one-third from before the “Smart Redesign” began.

Before the restructuring, Ford had 14 organizational layers, but that will drop to nine or less by the end of the year, Hackett’s memo said.


 

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Swift Charities hosting fundraisers supporting local causes in May


Posted Thursday, April 2, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. EST 

Swift Charities is hosting two fundraisers in May that support two local causes.

May 5
For The American Cancer Society: Swift Charities donated $2,500.00 and is hosting a fundraiser along with Team Tiff members, Ashley Young and Rhonda Murray. Big Al’s donated the spaghetti, salad and location. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

More information here

May 18
Bike and car show. All proceeds will go to Downriver For Veterans at Blue Sky Ice Cream and Hamburgers in Romulus.

More information here

Learn more about Swift Charities by visiting this link.


 

Local greenhouses open for the season

In this Huron Hub file photo, daisies soak up the bright light at Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road. They will be open Saturday, April 27, according to a phone call made to the business. (Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 25, 2019
12:30 p.m. EST

It might not feel like it outside today, but it’s officially plant Shopping season now that some of the local greenhouses are open for business.

Block’s Farm Market and Greenhouse, 29160 Eureka, and Kurtzhals’ Farms, 27098 Sibley, announced on Facebook that their greenhouses are open Thursday.

Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road, confirmed via a phone call to the business that they will be opening on Saturday.

Grass Roots Nursery, which specializes in pond equipment and necessities, is located at 24765 Bell Road in New Boston. Check out their Facebook page for updates and business hours.

Feel free to comment on this article with another local greenhouse that you like to visit, and if they are open yet.


 

Huron Custom Carving specializes in locally made wooden signs, plaques and gifts

Shown here are a few examples of items you can buy from Huron Custom Carving. (Images courtesy Huron Custom Carving)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 16, 2019 — 8:00 a.m. EST

A New Boston resident offers locally made engraved wooden items that are hand crafted then sold online.

Gordon Stump owns Huron Custom Carvings, a business that specializes in solid American black walnut signs, plaques and gifts.

“Our walnut is from reclaimed downed trees,” Stump said. “The logs are locally milled and dried in a kiln using the sawdust from the sawmill for heat. Walnut is the premier American hardwood perfect for that special person or event.”

In addition to the carving business, Stump also owns Heritage Music Products, which ships wooden music products far and wide.

“Heritage Music Products is best known for solid walnut musical instrument stands sold on Amazon,” Stump said.

Stump said that having relationships with local sawmills allows him to offer hardwoods used for both businesses at softwood prices.

“Huron Custom Carving is situated to take advantage of our dedicated logo CNC router to offer small/medium custom signage and plaques,” he said.

Former president of the Detroit Federation of Musicians Local 5, Stump spent 30 years as the first trumpet player at the Fisher, Masonic, Birmingham and former Pine Knob Theaters.

While all work is guaranteed by Stump, “Wood is wood so tight knots, planer breakout and saw marks can occur,” he said.

Both woodworking ventures do business as Heritage Woodworking of New Boston, Michigan.

For more information about the businesses, visit huroncustomcarving.com and heritagemusicproducts.com.


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Trudy’s Diner to open Monday in downtown New Boston

Trudy’s Diner opens in downtown New Boston Monday morning and will serve breakfast and lunch daily. (Photos courtesy of Tiffany Hammer)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published March 24, 2019 — 9:30 a.m. EST
Updated March 25, 2019 — 10:30 a.m.

The downtown area will have a new breakfast and lunch spot starting Monday morning.

Trudy’s Diner, 37005 Huron River Drive in New Boston, will open for business Monday.

The diner will be open everyday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. during their opening week, and after that they’ll close on Tuesdays.

Their menu will feature popular breakfast and lunch items.

Contact the diner for more information at 734-606-5345.

The dining area inside of Trudy’s Diner, 37005 Huron River Drive.

The diner’s location in New Boston: 

Updated


 

Ford to invest over $850 million in Flat Rock Assembly Plant

(Photo/Ford Motor Co.)


Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published March 20, 2019 — 4 p.m. EST

Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday that it is investing $900 million in its southeast Michigan manufacturing footprint with a plan to add 900 new jobs through 2023.

This includes a plan to expand production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which includes next-generation fully electric vehicle production, and a target to invest more than $850 million through 2023.

A second shift will be added to the Flat Rock plant to boost production.

Southeast Michigan workers will make Ford’s first autonomous vehicles starting in 2021, according to the auto company.

Ford says it plans to invest in an autonomous vehicle center where employees will install the vehicles’ self-driving technology and unique interiors.

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri said the announcement is great news for southeast Michigan and the Downriver area.

“Ford’s investment not only in next-generation vehicle technology but in good-paying union jobs in our Downriver community for years to come is great news. Especially following January’s announcement to cut a shift at Flat Rock Assembly, the news that this plant will be the primary center for battery electric vehicle production in the country is a huge step in the right direction. This renewed investment in our community represents an important opportunity for Downriver families and for the future of our region, and I look forward to seeing the good it will do for our local economy,” Camilleri said.

Read Ford’s full announcement here

UAW President Rory Gamble said in a statement that Ford’s investment represents a step forward for the auto industry that will greatly benefit the region.

“Ford’s $900 million in investments, most of which is in the Flat Rock facility, sets up the downriver Detroit facility to be the center of electric vehicles for years to come. As we transition to new technology and future products, Flat Rock through this investment, is well positioned to be a world leader for decades to come in auto industry technology and production,” Gamble said.