Ford Cuts Summer Shutdown To Meet Demand for Popular Models


  • Ford Michigan Assembly Plant Picture

    Ford Michigan Assembly Plant Picture

    There's too much demand for popular Ford models, so the company will be taking a shortened break this summer. | May 22, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • To meet demand for popular models, Ford will reduce its annual summer shutdown to one week from two weeks at 20 North American plants.
  • "We are continuing to run our North American facilities at full manned capacity," said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North American Manufacturing.
  • Ford said the shortened break will increase output in North America by 40,000 units.

DEARBORN, Michigan — To meet demand for popular models, including the 2013 Ford Explorer, Ford Fusion and Ford F-Series, Ford on Wednesday said it will reduce its annual summer shutdown to one week from two weeks at 20 North American plants.

"We are continuing to run our North American facilities at full manned capacity," said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North American Manufacturing. "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."

Ford said the shortened break will increase output in North America by 40,000 units. The latest moves will add 240,000 units of straight-time capacity in North America this year.

Ford's additional production capacity will come from its plants in Chicago, Flat Rock, Michigan and Kansas City, Missouri.

This is the second year in a row that Ford has reduced its summer hiatus.

Edmunds says: Ford plants are humming, which is good news for the U.S. economy and good news for consumers shopping for popular products like the 2013 Ford Explorer, Fusion and F-Series.

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