The St. Paul Ford plant has a long and rich history. Recent attempts to keep the sprawling plant from closing next year have failed.
State and city officials asked Ford to reconsider the decision to close down the plant for good, offering various incentives to keep the facility and its jobs in St. Paul. Ford declined the offers.
Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer talked with history professor Annette Atkins about the plant and its place in St. Paul history. Atkins teaches history at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict in central Minnesota.