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For factory workers in America—especially those 45 and older—job security is a dying dream. In recent years record numbers of employees have gotten pink slips. But some are managing to bounce back.

Sally and Frankie Stewart felt comfortable and fulfilled in their work as machine operators for Visteon, an auto-parts maker created by Ford Motor Company. The plant in Bedford, Indiana, was clean and well lit, and union wages meant they could send their two children to college. But just after the couple began building a log cabin to replace their weathered home, Visteon started shifting its production to Mexico to cut costs. Sally, 54, was laid off in 2006. Frankie, 56, stayed on until the plant shut down in 2008. … Back to Article

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