Ford to increase summer production in several plants, including its Chihuahua facility
Ford Motor Company, announced plans to shorten the traditional two-week summer shutdown at its Louisville Assembly Plant to build more than 8,500 additional Lincoln MKC and Ford Escape SUVs there.
The measure also will apply to several component plants, including an engine production facility located in Chihuahua, Mexico. This site manufactures two out of three engine options the Escape is offered with.
Sales of Lincoln MKC and Ford Escape are off to their best start in company history during the first five months of the year. “The record sales for Ford Escape through May are being driven by strong demand from our retail customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president and president – North America. “This is our strongest ever retail start for Escape, with retail sales up more than 6% versus this time last year.”
Ford Escape sales totaled 129,805 through May of this year, a 3% increase versus the same time period last year and our best ever start to the year for Escape. Lincoln MKC sales totaled 11,161 in the first five months of the year, up approximately 10% over this time period last year.
Louisville Assembly Plant is the only assembly plant in North America that will shorten the summer shutdown period. The remainder of Ford assembly plants in North America will have a traditional two-week shutdown.
Other component plants also will take a one-week summer shutdown instead of two, including: Van Dyke Transmission, Sterling Axle, Chihuahua Engine, Rawsonville, Chicago Stamping, Michigan Assembly Stamping and Woodhaven Stamping.
Those plants will be closed the week of July 4 for building maintenance and machine retooling.