Microchip shortages continue to impact auto industry
Ford announces longer closures at several plants
Ford is extending shutdowns at some of its most important North American factories for another one or two weeks. The closures include one of the two homes of the Ford F-150, and are a result of the ongoing microchip shortages affecting the industry.
A letter to employees obtained by Automotive News then confirmed with the automaker said that Chicago and Flat Rock, Mi, as well as the F-150 and Transit van sides of the Kansas City, Mo, plants will be closed the weeks of May 3 and May 10.
Flat Rock is home to the Mustang while Chicago builds the Explorer as well as the Lincoln Aviator crossovers, and both have been idle since April 12th. Kansas City closed the following week.
Oakville Assembly in Ontario will also remain close, the report says. That facility has been idled since April 12th and is home to the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus crossovers.
Assembly at a plant in Ohio will be limited to Super Duty chassis cabs and medium-duty trucks through the week of May 10th, continuing slowdowns that began this week.
“As you build every vehicle you can for our dealers and customers, our teams behind the scenes are working hard to source additional parts,” John Savona, Ford’s vice president of manufacturing and labour affairs, said in the memo. “The situation is constantly changing, and we appreciate your understanding as we work through this together.”
Ford is just the latest to extend shutdowns as part of a growing and industry-wide issue. Subaru said yesterday that its own plant in Indiana would be closed for two weeks again related to the semiconductor shortages.