Ford Motor Company announced today plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants, including two Mexican facilities, for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.
The vehicle models affected include the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans, the Ford Focus compact car, the Lincoln Continental and Ford Mustang, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Transit van.
Ford said the Cuautitlan assembly plant that builds the Fiesta would be idled for three weeks. The Hermosillo, Mexico plant that builds the Fusion and MKZ will be idled for two weeks. Same goes for the Flat Rock, Michigan, factory that assembles Continentals and Mustangs.
The Michigan Assembly plant that builds the Focus will be idled for one week and the Kansas City assembly line that builds Transit vans will be down for two weeks.
The factories involved employ more than 15,000 workers, and it is not yet known how many will face temporary layoffs. Also, dates for the temporary shutdowns were not revealed.