A second act for Ford plant’s training center?



By Janet Moore, Star Tribune

“When a new training center opened at the St. Paul Ford plant in 1999, it was heralded as an innovative example of how the troika of government, private industry and organized labor could partner to smartly prepare workers for the next millennium.

But now, the 40,000-square-foot center lies in wait of the wrecking ball, following the closure of the 86-year-old Ford Ranger truck plant last December. An effort to save the training center — which occupies a small corner of the overall Ford site — has surfaced in recent months, perhaps as a global epicenter for robotics research and manufacturing.

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