Ford to Reduce Plant Production
Ford Motor Co. will cut Transit van output in Missouri and truck output in Ohio and reduce shifts at a number of other plants due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage. The automaker said production will be halted next week at its Ohio Assembly Plant, where it builds medium trucks, Super Duty chassis cabs, E-Series cutaways, and stripped chassis. The Transit side of the Kansas City Assembly Plant will also be down next week, although the side that builds the F-150 pickup will run.
Additionally, output at Ford’s Kentucky Truck and Chicago Assembly will be reduced to two shifts, while production at Dearborn Truck will be cut to one shift.
“The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect Ford’s North American plants – along with automakers and other industries around the world,” a Ford spokeswoman said. “Right now, it’s clear we’re still in the middle of the chip shortage, and we’re probably going to struggle for the first half of the year with it,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford told CNN last week.