We have all heard from sometime that the Ford Ranger plant here in Minnesota is going to close. Some wondered if the recent tax breaks that went into effect in April would keep the plant open. The Detroit News reported yesterday that Ford officials met with Governor Tim Pawlenty to discuss the future of the St. Paul plant. The plant only builds the Ranger which has been slated for death for quite some time now. With the F150 continuing to get more and more fuel efficient, the Ranger’s role is becoming less necessary. Despite meeting with the Governor and the recent tax breaks, Ford continues to say they plan to shutter the plant. The date of closing has not been given though neither has the death date of the Ranger. I am betting those two dates will be somewhat close to each other when revealed in the future. It has been said numerous times that the new larger Ranger that will be sold around the world will not be sold in North America.
Source- The Detroit News