Ford, Chrysler Shorten Summer Breaks at Some Plants
High Demand for Some Models Keeps Factories Humming
Since the dark days of 2008 and 2009, it seems nothing can stop Detroit over the last two years, with record-setting sales now a common theme month to month and year over year. The Detroit Three have traditionally closed for two weeks in July as part of the summer holiday for factory workers, but Automotive News reports some plants are shortening that holiday to just one week on high demand for certain models.
Chrysler's Jefferson North plant, which builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs, will work straight through July, with no planned shutdown. Ford will shorten plant closures from two weeks to one at its Chicago, Kansas City, and two Louisville, Kentucky, plants. Those plants build the Ford Explorer, F-150, F-Series Super Duty, Escape, and Lincoln MKC models.
General Motors has not officially confirmed any plans to keep plants open during the traditional July shutdown but has not yet reported plans for its Arlington, Texas, and Flint, Michigan, plants. Those plants build the new K2XX fullsize SUVs, including the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra.
Ford's Dearborn Truck plant will have an extended shutdown in September to re-tool for the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The Kansas City plant will also be retooled later to build the new truck.
Source: Automotive News