Ford Motor Co. will temporarily lay off 130 workers at a factory near Cleveland, a move aimed at lessening supply of medium-duty work trucks hit by softening demand. The layoffs, announced Thursday and covering a shift at a plant at the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, take effect next week and are expected to last until a newer version of the company’s F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks launches in September. F-Series medium-trucks are sold for various business uses

and are among the company’s more profitable business lines. The strength of the commercial-truck sector has been considered a sign that economic activity is robust in the U.S. The affected trucks serve a variety of needs, from dump trucks to cargo haulers to tow trucks. Ohio is home to several automotive assembly plants and factories that make parts for cars and trucks. The state is one of several being highlighted amid President Donald Trump’s push for more American jobs in the car industry. READ MORE