Ford to ramp up production at Missouri plant this summer
CLAYCOMO (AP) - Ford Motor Co. said it had planned Wednesday to shorten its traditional summer shutdown to increase production at its Claycomo plant in suburban Kansas City, in order to meet demand for its vehicles.
The company said Claycomo, five other assembly plants and supporting powertrain and stamping plants would shut down for one week, rather than two weeks, this summer.
The Kansas City Star reports this would be the third consecutive year Ford shortened its summer shutdown.
The company said keeping the plants open an additional week would allow it to produce about 40,000 more trucks, SUVs and other vehicles.
The Claycomo plant is one of two Ford plants that build the aluminum-body F-150 and it produces the Transit van. The Claycomo plant had 7,485 employees as of June 3.
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