Ford shuts plant in prep for F-150 production

Aug 25, 2014 | 04:51 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Ford Motor, aluminum, F-150, Mike Levine, EcoBoost, automotive, temporary plant shutdown, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Ford Motor Co. has temporarily closed its Dearborn, Mich.-based truck assembly plant as the company prepares to install equipment designed to manufacture its aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150 pickup truck.

The equipment changeover—expected to take about four weeks—will cost the automaker about $350 million, with the majority of funds being used to purchase manufacturing technology related to working with aluminum, including highly specialized robots and conveyor and welding systems, according to Ford.....

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