Following strong demand for its trucks, crossovers and SUVs, Ford has announced it will shorten its usual two-week summer shutdown at its various North American plants to one week, resulting in an additional 40,000 extra units. Under the new schedule, Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities will shut down from June 29 to July 10, 2015 to undergo maintenance and upgrades.
“To meet surging customer demand for our top-selling trucks and utilities, we are continuing to run our North American facilities during the traditional two-week summer shutdown in order to add close to 40,000 units,” Ford vice president of North American Manufacturing, Bruce Hettle, said in a statement. “Six of our assembly plants will build for an additional week in order to ensure we’re getting more of our vehicles into dealerships.”
Demand for Ford’s newest products, the F-150, Edge, Escape and Explorer, is currently very high, the automaker says. Assembly plants to be affected by the reduced shutdown include Chicago, Dearborn Truck, Kansas City, Kentucky Truck, Louisville and Oakville. Various supporting powertrain and stamping plants will also be affected, including:
This is the third year in a row Ford has had to keep its plants up and running during its usual summer shutdown period. With the All-new F-150 spending just 20 days on average on dealer lots, and the Edge spending just 10, the reduced summer shutdown was seen as necessary. Inventories of the Escape are also tight, and with the 2016 Explorer just hitting lots, demand is also expected to be high.