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Ford Motor Co., in a memo to its manufacturing team and suppliers this week, provided a snapshot of summer shut down activity for 9 production sites in North America.
As Ford and other automakers reopen factories shuttered since late March because of the coronavirus, suppliers need to know which parts are needed and when. The annual summer shut down list is updated every week by Ford.
Typical shutdowns for scheduled maintenance last one week or two weeks while product launches that require extensive retooling may last four or five weeks.
The company is re-opening its production facilities starting Monday after being closed since late March.
Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer, acknowledged disruption caused by the pandemic and said Friday during a Bank of America presentation that building and launching its new vehicles is a top priority.
He said Ford is adjusting its production schedule to deal with lost manufacturing time.
Still, Ford spokesman Mike Levine confirmed Friday that plans have not changed in terms of seeing the all-new 2021 Ford F-150, all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV and Bronco Sport go on sale in 2020.
Ford distributes its production planning schedule, which includes summer down weeks, up to five months in advance.
As of this week, Ford notified its suppliers of the following shutdown periods, according to a source who received the list directly from Ford but declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media:
- Dearborn Truck Plant, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14
- Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, June 29
- Louisville Assembly Plant , June 29
- Ohio Assembly in Avon Lake, July 13
- Chicago Assembly Plant, June 29
- Michigan Assembly in Wayne, Aug. 17 and Aug. 24
- Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Aug. 3
- Kansas City Assembly, Transit Van line, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5
- Kansas City Assembly, F-150 line, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19.
The memo said the Ford plant in Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico, is scheduled to begin production on the Bronco Sport on Monday and continue building through July 20, and then break for seven weeks. Production is scheduled to resume on the Bronco Sport on Sept. 28.
Kelli Felker, global manufacturing and labor communications manager, declined to discuss the preliminary list other than to say it has not been finalized.
Brian Rothenberg, UAW spokesman, said the contract requires the company to submit the list for review and planning by June 1.
“We are no different than other hard working Americans. The auto industry involves thousands of people for production. Autoworkers are on a line as team,” he said. “One of the reasons for the June 1 date in the contract is to allow for UAW members to be able to plan with their families.”
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