Response to closure notice of Ford Plant

Mayor Chris Coleman released this statement today in response to Ford's official closure notice of the Saint Paul Ford Assembly Plant on December 19, 2011:

"My thoughts are with Ford employees and their families today. Since the first Model T rolled off the line 86 years ago, Ford has impacted the history, character and livelihood of Saint Paul. We are thankful for Ford’s contributions to the city and the community involvement of its employees.

"While we are sad to see their doors close, we are optimistic about the opportunity to use this land to create new businesses and jobs. Through our partnership with Ford and a redevelopment framework in place, we will create new uses for this site that are of the greatest benefit to the region."