Ford Australia will today announce the future of the Geelong engine plant where all of its inline-six cylinder engines are currently produced.
Speculation began last week when GoAuto ran a story that rumored a V6 engine would be used in the local Falcon by 2010 to meet emissions regulations. From there, serious hype was built which sent workers into frenzy.
Despite an appropriation of over $52-million from the Howard Government last year to further develop Territory and Falcon, along with $28-million to improve fuel efficiency in 2005, Ford still insists that a V6 engine is the only way for the local manufacturer to meet impending Euro IV emissions regulations.
Ford spokeswoman - Sinead McAlary - hasn't confirmed the fate of the workers, but confirmed to News.com.au that a decision with regards to the fate of workers is imminent and after employees were informed, the announcement would be made to the market.
With that, the closure of Ford Australia's 82-year old engine plant is likely, from there the fate of 600 workers jobs remains uncertain.
Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks today said:
"We have invested in Ford and invested in new production, we've invested in making sure they can produce long term in this state and we'd be very disturbed to see any job loss,"
Mr Bracks also said that the Victorian Government would stand by Ford employees and make sure assistance and support is provided in the event of change.
Mr Bracks then went on to say:
"We haven't had the details yet because, I understand, the workforce is being briefed by Ford today and the company will make an announcement,"
CarAdvice will keep you informed with the latest developments and any further news that comes to hand.