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Ford cuts US factory breaks to satisfy SUV demand worldwide

Ford cuts US factory breaks to satisfy SUV demand worldwide image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford | posted June 03, 2015 12:06

Ford Motor Co. increases summer capacity to shoulder strong demand for utility vehicles

Ford Motor Company recently announced that they have reduced the summer shutdown of select factories from two weeks to one week in order for them to meet surging demands.

“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. Six of our assembly plants will build for an additional week in order to ensure we’re getting more of our vehicles into dealerships,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president, North America Manufacturing.

Ford annually stops production on their factories for two weeks in order for the automaker to perform building maintenance and machine retooling. This year, the company will be shutting down their factories from June 29 – July 10. But with strong demand on the automaker's latest utility vehicles – F150, Edge, Escape and Explorer, five assembly plants along with other powertrain and stamping plants will only shut down on the week of June 29, 2015.

This will be Ford's third straight year where they kept select factories running during summer shutdown.