Ford Suspends Production at Multiple Assembly Plants

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

After halting production of the Ford Mustang, the American automaker is suspending production on several other models.

Despite being the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., production of the Ford F-150 will shut down for a week at the Kansas City assembly plant. Ford will also temporarily idle three other plants over the next several weeks, reports Reuters. Approximately 13,000 hourly workers will be laid off during the temporary shutdowns with about 4,000 workers in Mexico and 9,000 in the U.S. Sales of the Ford F-150 dropped nearly three percent in September, with dealers having a 95-day supply of pickups on lots at the end of last month. The company will continue producing F-150 pickups at its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan.

SEE ALSO: Ford Halts Mustang Production for a Week After Sales Plunge

Production of the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC will also stop at the automaker’s Louisville Assembly Plant for two of the next three weeks, while two plants in Mexico will shut down, halting production of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. A third plant in Mexico will stop production of the Ford Fiesta.

[Source: Reuters]

Discuss this story on our Ford Forum

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

More by Jason Siu

Join the conversation
  • Smartacus Smartacus on Oct 19, 2016

    FORD CEO Mark Finkelman Fields is the worst and most inept character ... since Annette Winkler the boss of smart car transformed the fortwo from an urban car to a gynocentric handbag accessory.

    • See 1 previous
    • Smartacus Smartacus on Oct 19, 2016

      and i checked the numbers myself: Last month; F-Series was the best selling vehicle in USA with more sales than Silverado, Ram, and Corolla. 13,000 furloughs right now is an indicator of weak leadership.

  • Aj Brown Aj Brown on Oct 19, 2016

    What is the reason for them temporarily shutting down the plants?

    • See 1 previous
    • EFG2 EFG2 on Oct 20, 2016

      Simple straight calculation says 100 % of production / 52 weeks = 1.9% of production per week. So two week stoppage gets you 1.9 x 2 = 3.8% of production. Seems like a reasonable thing to do given the drop in sales activity.