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Ford temporarily halts Transit van production, laying off thousands at Claycomo plant

The Ford Transit commercial van rolls off the line at the Ford Claycomo plant, which will idle production of the vehicle for two weeks.
The Ford Transit commercial van rolls off the line at the Ford Claycomo plant, which will idle production of the vehicle for two weeks. jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

Ford is temporarily halting production of its Transit van and idling 2,000 workers at its Claycomo Assembly Plant later this month, according to published reports.

The layoff is largely to prevent a build up in Transit van inventories, said a report by the Detroit Free Press. It said workers would be idle from Oct. 22 through Nov. 4.

Claycomo also produces the Ford F-150 truck, whose production will continue uninterrupted.

“We match production to consumer demand as we always do,” Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman told the Free Press.

Felker confirmed that Ford workers at Claycomo with more than one year of seniority would continue to be paid about 80 percent of their take-home while laid off.

Ford had suspended its F-150 production at Claycomo in May after fire disrupted a supplier of one key part in the truck’s assembly.

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