Ford To Idle Kansas City Truck Plant for Maintenance
Move Comes as Inventories Swell
America’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150 is sourced out of two plants: Dearborn Truck in Michigan and Kansas City Assembly in Missouri. Although production is finally up to full output after resolution of a supplier issue involving the trucks’ steel frames, that’s not to say the process is entirely hiccup-free. To fix a mechanical issue at the plant that is hampering productivity, Ford will idle the F-150 assembly line at Kansas City for a week in May to fix the issue, Automotive News reports. Workers on the F-150 line will be on temporary layoff starting May 9 and returning to work May 16.
The move reportedly will not affect Transit van production, which also comes out of the Kansas City plant. An additional factor in the timing of the maintenance fix is record-high inventories of the F-150 at dealerships, currently standing at a 105-day supply, higher than Ram or Silverado. However, Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford of the Americas, says dealer demand is as high as ever for the trucks.
Ford is also reportedly increasing production of the 2016 Super Duty to ensure adequate supplies to dealers as the Kentucky Truck plant in Louisville changes over to the aluminum-body 2017 Super Duty in the fall.
Source: Automotive News