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A century of auto manufacturing in Minnesota ends Friday as the last Ford Ranger rolls off the line in St. Paul. Nearly six years after announcing its intentions, Ford Motor Co. is finally shutting down its Twin Cities Assembly Plant as part of a long-term corporate restructuring.


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January 23, 2006:  St. Paul's Ford plant spared -- at least for now. The Ford plant in St. Paul will remain open, at least for now. The Ford Motor Company Monday named five U.S. manufacturing plants it plans to close in the next two years. St. Paul's Ford Ranger plant, which employs nearly 2,000 workers, was not on the list. While employees expressed relief, they're not out of the woods yet. Ford plans to close another four auto assembly plants as part of a major restructuring effort. Two of them will be named later this year. Many experts consider the St. Paul plant a likely target. (MPR)

April 13, 2006:  Ford confirms shutdown of St. Paul plant: St. Paul's Ford Ranger truck plant will shut down sometime in 2008. Ford officials announced the closing Thursday, along with the closing of another truck plant in Virginia. The closure will come despite efforts by the auto workers' union and state officials to pitch Ford on an alternate future for the plant. The plant employs almost 1,900 people, many of whom may be hard-pressed to find comparable work. Nonetheless, some observers found reasons for optimism after today's announcement. (MPR)

November 5, 2007: Ford plant closing could be delayed

The shutdown of the Ford truck manufacturing plant in St. Paul could be pushed back for a year. A proposed contract for Ford workers includes a one-year extension for running the factory.  (MPR)

March 3, 2008: Demand for the Ranger, made in St. Paul, was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy report on February automakers' sales. (Star Tribune)

June 26th, 2008:St. Paul Ford plant may get reprieve: Ford Motor Co. officials are reportedly studying plans to keep the Ford Ranger plant in St. Paul open longer than its scheduled fall 2009 closing date, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Skyrocketing gas prices, stricter emissions standards and the renewed popularity of the compact and fuel-efficient Ranger truck have conspired to potentially breathe new life into a doomed 80-year-old factory -- if the financial terms can be worked out, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. (Star Tribune)


What year did the St. Paul Highland Park Ford Plant open ?

Hint: I used 1925 not 1924 for purposes of this hide. :)

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What year did Ford begin making the Ranger?

Multiply all of the year’s digits and ADD that product to the posted coordinates.



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