‘Body blow for area’: Bridgend devastated by Ford factory closure

Plant workers and locals warn carmaker’s decision to shut site in 2020 will hit other businesses

Workers at Ford’s sprawling Bridgend engine factory expressed anger at their employer and voiced fears for the impact on their local community on Thursday as they absorbed the news that the plant is to close.

Many were tearful as they streamed out of the 60-acre plant in south Wales and prepared to tell loved ones. Some of the 1,700 workers affected by the announcement warned that shutting the site in September 2020 would have a knock-on effect on businesses throughout the area.

The night shift used to send out good business for the area. Orders for about 60 or 70 meals would go out every night

I think we were led up the garden path. We were told that the plant had a future because of the Dragon engine

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