Ford Reduces Summer Shutdown Boosting Production image

Ford plans to produce 40,000 vehicles this summer closing 13 factories only one week instead of the traditional two-week summer break.

“We are working most of our North America plants at maximum capacity and we are adding production shifts in three of our assembly plants this month alone,” said Jim Tetreault, vice president of North America Manufacturing. “Requiring more capacity from our plants is a good problem to have and having the flexibility to add a week of production in our plants goes a long way toward solving it.”

The plants which take only one week summer break include Dearborn Truck, Kentucky Truck, Chicago Assembly, Louisville Assembly, Kansas City Assembly, Michigan Assembly, Dearborn Engine, Chicago Stamping, Rawsonville, Essex Engine, Sterling, Cleveland Engine No. 1, and Lima Engine. Ford plans to boost annual vehicle production with 400,000 units.

During the first four months Ford managed to sell 717,480 units, up 4.8% compared to 2010, but sales in April were down 5.1% compared to the same period last year, sales of pickup trucks remaining strong.