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Ford layoffs threaten Avon Lake's finances
Increases in other areas are not expected to balance out the losses anticipated from Ford
Story by KELSEY LEYVA


 
Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka says the city is going to do its best to manage its finances as tightly as possible for the next two years.
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Workers at Avon Lake’s Ford Plant are preparing for layoffs this summer.

The plant will shut down temporarily to convert its production from vans to chassis for trucks and recreational vehicles, but not all of its nearly 1,800 employees will be brought back when the plant reopens.

The number of workers who will lose their jobs permanently has not been confirmed. Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka says the layoffs will negatively affect the city’s finances.

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“We’ve had some good news in other areas, but those increases are modest and they do not balance out the losses we anticipate from Ford and also from the energy power plant here. But we’re going to do our best to manage the city’s finances as tightly as possible through this year and next.”

Zilka notes that Ford signed at 15-year contract in 2011 with the state of Ohio requiring the company to keep 1,400 employees if Ford wants any type of government funding for a $75 million renovation.
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