Minnesota is the only state in the union requiring a 10% ethanol mix in consumer gasoline. That's a decision which probably made the General pretty happy. It appears that the same may not be true for Ford. The UAW is reporting that FoMoCo will close the St. Paul assembly plant in 2009. Although PR folks here in NY and Dearborn have been pretty tight-lipped, the response from Ford didn't include important words like "not closing" and "still remaining open." Yeah, and when the AP is quotin' Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari as saying, "We've made no such announcement, and we have nothing to announce at this point"...guess what? That's totally not good.
Autoworkers say Ford plant to close in 2009 [TwinCities.com]
Ford's Way Forward Plan: Layoffs, Plant Closures [internal]