Ford F-150 Production Shuts Down For The Second Time In A Month
Ford is temporarily shutting down the production of the F-150 at one of its plants this week. According to a Reuters report, the Blue Oval is poised to halt the production of its best-seller because of the ongoing semiconductor shortage – a global crisis that has already affected various industries, including automobile production.
Reuters reports that only the Kansas City assembly plant in Claycomo, Missouri will be experiencing the production pause. The F-150 plant in Dearborn, Michigan will continue its production, Ford said.
However, the issue isn’t just affecting the automobile output. United Auto Workers Local 249, the union representing workers at the Claycomo plant, said that the week-long shutdown also means that certain employees will be temporarily laid-off. Of note, affected workers will not report to work until March 7, 2022, unless notified otherwise.
The production woes earlier this month involved most of Ford’s hot-selling vehicles, including the Bronco. Other Ford products affected by the pause included the Ranger, Explorer, Mustang Mach-E, and Lincoln Aviator at the company’s plants in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and Mexico.
As mentioned, the output of the F-150 and Transit in Michigan and Missouri has been reduced as well. All of these as a result of the global chip crisis.