Ford will close Kansas City truck plant for a week

Ford Motor Co will close its Kansas City, Missouri pickup truck and van plant for a week in early January to match production and demand, the automaker announced via press release.

The plant makes F-150 pickup trucks and Ford Transit vans. Ford also closed the Kansas City plant for a week a couple of months ago.

This measure comes after GM announced it was closing five U.S. plants, mainly ones that make light-selling sedans, in January from one to three weeks.

GM also said that in March it will lay off about 1,300 plant workers and cut the second shift at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. 

Sedans remain essential for most auto manufacturers, but because of low gas prices, U.S. consumers have lost appetite for them has in the past few years in favor of SUVs and pickup trucks.

The single week shutdown of the Ford Kansas City plant will allow “time to perform maintenance” of the machinery at the factory, Ford said in the statement.

According to Automotive News, which first reported the Kansas City shutdown, there were 108 days of Transit inventory at the start of this month, up from 82 days a month earlier. The Kansas City plant is the only U.S. plant that makes the Transit van.

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