Ford is cutting its summer shut downs short to keep up with high demand.
Rather than a full two week shutdown as is customary in the summer, Ford will only idle many of its plants for one week, resulting in an extra 40,000 units. Those plants support production of the F-150, Edge, Escape and Explorer.
The assembly plants affected include Chicago, Dearborn Truck, Kansas City, Louisville and Oakville. There will also be nine powertrain and stamping plants that will have their down time cut short.
The decision came down to short supply of vehicles. The Ford F-150 and Edge had a 20 day and 10-day supply in April respectively while the Explorer is just showing up on dealer lots. Part of the F-150’s short supply may be due to a frame shortage which is affecting production, as the truck actually saw a 1.3 percent decrease in sales last month.
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