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UPDATE 1-Ford plans to close engine plant in Michigan as part of UAW deal

David Shepardson

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WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to close an engine plant in Romeo, Michigan as part of a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union for a new four-year contract, a source told Reuters Thursday.

The 600 hourly workers at the plant will be offered jobs at a nearby transmission plant or buyouts, a source said. The UAW said Wednesday the Ford deal "secured over $6 billion in major product investments in American facilities, creating and retaining over 8,500 jobs for our communities."

Ford is not immediately closing the plant but will close it at a future date under the UAW agreement. Ford and the UAW declined to comment.

In contrast to Ford, General Motors Co endured a 40-day-strike by its U.S. hourly workforce that cost it about $3 billion before winning approval for a new labor deal earlier this month.

Detailed terms of the Ford deal were not released, but they are expected to echo those agreed to with GM, as the union typically uses the first deal as a pattern for those that follow.

UAW leaders from the various U.S. plants will meet on Friday to approve the deal, which then will be sent to the 55,000 members at Ford for final approval, a union spokesman said. (Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul and Diane Craft)