By Amy Wilson, Automotive News
Detroit, Michigan -- Ford Motor Co. will close ten of its active North American assembly plants the week of 5 Jan as part of a previously announced plan to curb output.
All but two of the active plants will resume production the week of 12 Jan, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The shutdowns stem from a plan to trim first quarter production by 37.9 percent to 430 000 vehicles. Ford announced that plan in early December.
During the week of 5 Jan, all North American assembly facilities will be closed except for a plant in Dearborn, Michigan, making the F-150 pickup, and a factory in Kansas City, making the F-150 pickup, Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner.
During the week of 12 Jan, all North American assembly plants will be running, with the exception of factories in Hermosillo, Mexico -- making mid-sized sedans -- and in Oakville, Ontario, making the Ford Flex and Edge and the Lincoln MKX.
Two other assembly plants, in Wayne, Michigan, and Cuautitlan, Mexico, are on an extended hiatus for retooling. That will continue.
To accomplish its announced production cut, Ford will have more shutdowns of varying lengths at a range of locations during the first quarter. For instance, the Hermosillo plant is down for all of January.