Ford to skip traditional summer shutdown at many plants amid chip shortage

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is forgoing the normal two-week summer time shutdown at most of its U.S. crops because of the continued semiconductor scarcity, and employees will as an alternative should schedule their journey time by their specific particular person locals, the automaker acknowledged Thursday.

Moreover, Ford launched new downtime for crops in Illinois, Michigan and Missouri amid the catastrophe.

The automaker educated the UAW that workers at its Dearborn (Mich.) Truck Plant, Michigan Meeting Plant, Flat Rock (Mich.) Meeting Plant, Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Meeting Plant, Chicago Meeting Plant and Kansas Metropolis (Mo.) Meeting Plant could be working via the normal shutdown weeks in late June and early July. John Savona, Ford’s vp of manufacturing and labor affairs, acknowledged in a letter that employees at these web sites would provide the choice to schedule their typical two-week journey time by the union. A spokeswoman acknowledged timing and totally different particulars would vary by plant.

He moreover launched that Chicago Meeting, Flat Rock Meeting and the Transit facet of Kansas Metropolis Meeting could possibly be down subsequent week and that Ohio Meeting could possibly be engaged on a decreased schedule then. The downtime is in addition to to quite a few down weeks at totally different companies Ford introduced late final month.

“We perceive these schedule disruptions are inconvenient,” Savona wrote. “We additionally recognize that this 12 months’s summer time schedule could also be disappointing to those that stay up for time away in the course of the conventional shutdown weeks. We thanks in your flexibility, understanding and your dedication — as we’ve seen all through COVID-19 challenges and this 12 months’s semiconductor shortages. We’ll get via this, working collectively, and we recognize all you do for Ford daily.”

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