May 28, 2008 / 12:53 PM / 10 years ago

Ford to cut up to 12 percent of salaried jobs: report

The grill emblem is seen on a Ford F-150 truck during the Chicago Auto Show February 6, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to cut its U.S. salaried work force by up to 12 percent after its turnaround plan stalled because of the downturn in the U.S. economy, the Detroit News reported on Wednesday.

Ford warned last week it would not achieve its long-standing

goal of returning to profitability in 2009 because of the U.S. economic downturn and a permanent shift in demand toward cars and crossovers and away from large trucks and SUVs.

The automaker also told employees in a memo last week that it expected to make cuts in hourly and salaried employees by August 1 and would detail those steps in July.

The cuts would be involuntary and were still being worked out by Ford, the newspaper reported.

A Ford representative could not be reached immediately for comment.

Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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