Ford Motor Company today said that it will idle five manufacturing sites in North America to reduce inventories of some models, reports Reuters, including three plants in the US and two in Mexico. Combined, those five facilities will accumulate ten weeks of downtime, matching Ford’s North American supply to its demand.
Ford Cuautitlán Assembly, which builds the North American Fiesta subcompact, will have the most idle time at three weeks. The Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, which produces the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental, will close down for two weeks, as will Hermosillo Assembly in Mexico (Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ) and the Ford Transit line at Kansas City Assembly. Michigan Assembly Plant, where the Focus compact is built, will have the shortest downtime at one week.
The automaker hasn’t given dates for the temporary shutdowns, but considering that automotive sales are slowing across the continent, it’s not surprising that the automaker is resorting to cutting production time in an effort to cut inventory and avoid oversupply.