Ford announces temporary shutdowns at four plants; two in the U.S., two in Mexico
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Ford Motor Co. announced today temporary shutdowns at four plants —two in the U.S. and two in Mexico— over the next several weeks, including production of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck at the Kansas City facility, in attempt to match production to demand and to meet year-end inventory targets.
The measure also affects assembly plants in Louisville, Kentucky, which builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC; Hermosillo, Sonora, where the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans are built and Cuautitlan, State of Mexico, that makes the Fiesta subcompact.
Kansas City factory will be closed for one week starting next Monday, the Louisville facility is being shut down for this week and will also be down the week of October 31. Both Mexican plants are closed for one week starting this Monday.
Other F-150 production lines at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan will continue without interruption, Ford said.
About 13,000 Ford hourly workers will be laid off during the temporary shutdowns. There are nearly 14,000 workers at the four plants, the company said. Some of them are salaried managers.
Of the layoffs, about 4,000 will be in Mexico and about 9,000 in the United States. The cuts will hit Ford's three highest-volume models in the United States.
The temporary shutdowns come the same week that Flat Rock Assembly restarts production in Michigan after a week-long downtime for Mustang production.
“We continue matching production with demand to ensure we are at our targeted inventories by year end,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an emailed statement.