May 2021

Ford Will Idle Both F-150 Plants for an Additional Two Weeks

Ford has announced that its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan and the truck side of its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri will be idled the weeks of May 31st and June 7th. They will also operate on a reduced schedule the week of June 14th. Ford executives have predicted the coming months will be the worst since the semiconductor shortage began. It expects to lose half of its typical production this quarter, and expects to lose a total of $1.1 million vehicles in 2021. The shortage will cost it $2.5 billion this year. Ford has been parking partially-built F-150s and other models as they await the hard-to-find chips. At the end of the first quarter, Ford said it had about 22,000 vehicles partially built but missing components.