RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For 23 years working at the Ford plant in Taubaté, in the countryside of São Paulo, Leandro Monteiro was completely caught by surprise when an avalanche of WhatsApp messages began to come in on January 11th. All of them commented on the news that the assembler, which has been in Brazil since 1919, was closing down its activities in the country.
At first, the employee thought it was a lie: "Of course there were rumors that some plants could close, because the company was not having the desirable financial return, there were many cuts in . . .