Production of Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 pickup truck will be halted for one week at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, the company said.
Company officials said “mechanical issues” have been hurting production, making the plant “slightly short” in meeting its delivery targets, and the Claycomo plant needs downtime to make necessary fixes.
“Our Kansas City Assembly Plant was always planned to have a down week in the fall to address maintenance issues,” a statement from Ford said. “The plant has been slightly short on delivering its daily production schedule in recent weeks, so we pulled ahead that planned down week to allow the plant to address mechanical issues in the body and paint shops. Fixing these equipment issues now will allow the plant to operate even better for the rest of this year.”
The shutdown will occur during the week of May 9 instead of an originally planned maintenance week in October.
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Ford said demand for its popular truck remains strong.