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Ford Cuts Back On Plant Shutdowns During The Summer

Will Create Over 200,000 Ford Vehicles

William Maley
by William Maley
May 24, 2013

To keep up with the increasing demands for new cars, Ford is cutting back on their traditional two-week summer shutdowns at some of their factories. Ford says this cut back should add an additional 40,000 vehicles. The affected assembly plants include:

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cuautitlan, Mexico
  • Hermosillo, Mexico
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Wayne, Michigan
  • Oakville, Ontario

Along with the cutback in the summer shutdown, Ford will be running three-crew or four-crew patterns at several plants, to help build 200,000 vehicles more than planned. The plants who will be seeing this include Chicago, Illinois; Flat Rock, Michigan; and Claycomo, Missouri (Kansas City). The vehicles that are being targeted for this increase are the Explorer, Fusion, and F-Series Pickup.

“To meet surging customer demand for our top-selling cars, utilities and trucks, we are continuing to run our North American facilities at full manned capacity, and we will add 200,000 units of annual straight-time capacity this year. Approximately 75 percent of our plants are running at a three-crew, three-shift or four-crew pattern in order to ensure we’re getting more of our products into dealerships,” said Jim Tetreault, vice president of Ford North America Manufacturing.


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