Ford will shorten summer shutdowns to hike output

May 09, 2012 | 03:41 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Ford, summer shutdowns, production increase, Jim Tetreault, Joe Hinrichs, corinna petry

CHICAGO — Ford Motor Co. plans to shorten its summer maintenance outages to one week from the traditional two weeks so it can manufacture nearly 40,000 additional vehicles.

The idling plan covers 13 facilities, including six assembly operations, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said.

"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," Jim Tetreault, vice president of Ford’s North American manufacturing operations, said in a statement. "Requiring more capacity from our plants....

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