Bloomberg is reporting that Ford will temporarily shut down 9 North American plants during the 4th quarter, slashing production to deal with an 18% drop in U.S. sales this year.
The plants, which employ about 23,000 production workers, reportedly include the plants in Flat Rock and Wayne. Those facilities will be idled for about a week. Other plants that are expected to be shut down are located in Louisville, Kentucky; St. Paul, Minnesota; Oakville and St. Thomas, Ontario; Kansas City, Missouri; Avon Lake, Ohio and Hermosillo, Mexico.
The shortest closures will be for a week, but the St. Paul facility is expected to close for the entire month of December. The factories make a variety of vehicles, including the Ranger, the Mustang, Econoline vans, Edge and Flex wagons, Lincoln Town Car, Escape and Mariner SUVs and the Fusion sedan.
These closures are in addition to the shutdown of the Louisville truck factory, which will be idled from mid-December until early next year to add large SUVs. Another plant in Wayne will temporarily close at the end of November to be retooled to make small cars, starting in 2010.