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Drop In V-8 Engine Demand Prompts Ford To Fire 300 From Detroit-Area Plant

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DETROIT (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. is laying off 300 workers at its Romeo Engine Plant near Detroit because of a drop in demand for its V-8 engines, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

The layoffs began Monday and will continue indefinitely, spokeswoman Angie Kozleski said. Workers were told about the layoffs several weeks ago.

The plant employs 1,075 people, including 950 hourly manufacturing workers. It makes 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V-8 engines for trucks and large sedans.