Ford F-150 production has been slower than anticipated due to a shortage of frames.
According to workers and a UAW official, the American automaker hasn’t been producing as many F-150 pickup trucks as it’d like because of a shortage of frames from a supplier’s factory in Kentucky. The truck’s frame is produced by a plant owned by Metalsa S.A. de C.V., a Mexican company that purchased Dana Corp.’s structural product business in 2010. As a result of the shortage and having the Ford F-150 production slowed, the automaker has had to cancel some planned overtime at the two plants that build the trucks, sending workers home early multiple times in the past few months.
One worker speaking anonymously told Automotive News that the shortage has prevented the plant from running any “Super Sunday” shifts, which is when workers earn double pay. Todd Hillyard, the bargaining chairman of Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant with UAW Local 249, confirmed the news on Facebook saying “Demand for our F-150 is sky high. Frames continue to hold both truck plants back from running overtime days on the weekend.”
Last month, Ford produced a total of 29,373 F-150 pickup trucks at its Dearborn plant, which is 9.2 percent fewer than in April 2014. The Kansas City plant, which received a $1 billion upgrade and resumed F-150 production in March, produced a total of 20,602 trucks in April, a 28 percent decrease from a year ago.
[Source: Automotive News]
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