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Ford ended production Wednesday at its oldest plant in Brazil, a facility in the industrial belt around Sao Paulo that began operation in 1967.

The last made-in-Brazil Ford truck rolled off the assembly line at the factory in Sao Bernardo do Campo eight months after the US automaker announced it would no longer produce heavy vehicles in South America as part of a global restructuring.

The machinery ground to a halt and the plant's 650 remaining workers punched out for the last time. More than 700 other employees were laid off in July when Ford stopped producing the Fiesta sub-compact at the Sao Bernardo facility.