Ford production – like all automakers over the past couple of years or so – has suffered tremendously amid the semiconductor chip shortage and numerous other supply chain constraints brought on by more than one global event. FoMoCo has been forced to idle its plants on numerous occasions over that time period, and that will be once again be the case this summer, according to an employee memo recently seen by The Detroit Bureau.
According to that memo, Ford production will be affected at the Chicago Assembly plant, Kansas City Assembly plant, Kentucky Truck plant, and Louisville Assembly plant. The problem stems from cuts made at the Chicago Stamping plant, as outlined in the memo. “Chicago stamping will be implementing a week-to-week temporary starting Monday, June 20th,” the memo says. “The temporary layoff will continue Sunday, September 11th with the plan to return to full-scale production on Monday, September 12th.” Employees at the stamping plant were offered the opportunity to volunteer for temporary layoffs as well.
Ford has faced heavy production cuts for over two years now, including in Europe, where the crisis in Ukraine is compounding existing issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns. Production of the 2022 Ford Focus, in particular, has been scaled back because of these issues, while FoMoCo currently has over 50,000 vehicles sitting around awaiting chips.
In the meantime, Ford has tried to work around the chip shortage by delivering vehicles without non-critical features, as well as temporarily removing some features altogether. CEO Jim Farley has held true to his belief that the chip shortage, at the very least, will begin to ease by 2023, however, which would help get things somewhat back on track.