Ford’s historic plant shuts down today after Ford Ranger discontinuation image

Today, the 86-year-old St. Paul, Minnesota plant will be shut down by Ford after it will produce its last Ranger pickup truck.

The time has come for Ford to close down its Twin Cities Assembly Plant, six years after announcing long-term restructuring plans. 800 people will lose their jobs after having worked in Ford’s oldest factory, inaugurated in 1925 with the production of the legendary Model T. In 1978, the factory quit making cars to focus on pickup trucks.

In 2006, Ford decided to shrink in order to survive so executives decided the Twin Cities Assembly Plant would be closed. City and state leaders made repeated attempts at keeping the plant open, and even managed to delay closure a few times. But in the end, the plant’s destiny was sealed.

Thousands of employees have built more than 6 million vehicles during the plant’s more than eight decades of existence. The plant stopped production during the Great Depression and manufactured military vehicles in World War II.

The plant produced the F-Series truck along with full-size cars like the LTD, Galaxie, Country Squire, Country Sedan, Starliner, Del Rio, Fairlane, Crown Victoria, Crestliner, Sportsman, Deluxe Super Deluxe and Phaeton. The Ranger compact pickup has rolled off its assembly line for the last 26 years. The Ranger enjoyed very good sales in the late 1990s, but demand has plummeted since.