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Ford Production To Be Scaled Back At Four U.S. Assembly Plants

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.

We’ll have the latest on all Ford plant closures as they happen, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Brandon S

    “Production of the 2022 Ford Focus, in particular, has been scaled back because of these issues” They scaled back them 4 years ago to zero. lol

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    1. Joe

      In Europe they still make them.

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      1. Brandon S

        The article was about the American plants, not Europe.

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    2. Steven

      I have been buying ford’s since my used 65 mustang then 74 mustang II, 97 f250, 04 F150, 08 Lincoln Mark Lt. Finally saw in Bronco what I liked again now I can’t get my 2022 ordered in 2021 scheduled.

      Reply
  2. Mannix

    The Chicago employees keep getting murdered and robbed in the parking lot.

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    1. jj

      Typical Chicago.

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    2. Kim

      I don’t know where he got his information regarding Chicago Stamping being the cause of the layoff. We are the supplier to the Assembly Plants. Our day to day production is dictated by the requirements of the Assembly plants! He needs to check his facts!
      Your comment regarding the people at the Chicago Plants was disrespectful.
      For the record Chicago Stamping Plant is not even in Chicago.

      Reply
  3. D.M.

    That’s all grand but you could build my bronco beforehand. Been waiting over two years for mine.

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  4. Gary Strahin

    Waiting to see what the 2023 will look like buy a new one every 3 years have 4 ford’s noe 2 96 f150 1 09 mustang gt with glass top 1 2020 f150 love fords

    Reply
  5. Bird Cricket Eyes

    Our chairman here at LAP says it’s “A LIE”!

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    1. Anthony Hughes

      Herb Hibbs is a Dumfk..Him and Jamie Burke are biggest liers there are. Not ENFORCING Heat Stress Policy making everyone suffer 100 degree weather..both useless!!!

      Reply
    2. clsmooth

      Here at Martinrea the GM stated that LAP’s weekly numbers are dropping weekly for the rest of the year. This caused us to lose c shift at bump right after the 2 week shutdown. This all seems to add up…

      Reply
  6. Eddie Hager

    How is ford doing with the ford rangers?

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  7. Robert Malloy

    I would like a straight answer about my Bronco being built. Many people waiting for 2 years and have not received theirs yet. Should I give up on my Bronco ever being built and buy another vehicle? I keep hearing about the Bronco Raptor and the Everglade yet you can’t build the other Broncos first! What message are your sending to the consumers???

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    1. clsmooth

      Ford can’t keep up with demand, their Bronco parts suppliers suck, and parts shortages across the board for every model. Hopefully LAP can take over the Bronco and anybody that wants one will get it. The Bronco is and will be the Escapes downfall…

      Reply
  8. Jack McCord

    Only 4% of semiconductors world wide are produced in China.Don’t blame this on China. There is plenty of semiconductor plants around the world and in USA. What’s causothis shortage?

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  9. Steve Kafka

    That’s OK. I’m still not over the 6.0 powerstroke disaster. I got one to sell . 119,000 miles and it’s a lawn ornament.

    Reply
  10. Steve Ketterer

    FJB

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  11. Yora_Nidiot

    .. wondering when the hairbun Bronco crybabies will ever just shut up and move on.
    You made your ego-glam order, now live with it. The first 5-7 months I felt your pain.
    After that, if you choose to wait another 2 years, that’s on you, Karen.

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  12. White Mann

    The big 3 need to “BUILD IN AMERICA” and quit relying on parts from out of country. If they build ” in AMERICA”things like chip shortages would not happen.

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    1. Yora_Nidiot

      .. are you new to America? In the U.S. they have what’s called
      Federal Regulations. In part, this means the government decides
      what can be built, how it can be built, and when it can be built.
      In China, Korea and India, they simply say “build it”. Think through
      your future comments before posting.

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    2. clsmooth

      A totally made in America vehicle would cost a half million a piece. American labor is expensive…

      Reply
  13. Seth Coburn

    Yeah I have been waiting for my close to $100.000 ford raptor for a little over a year now. I am thinking about getting a ram TRX instead. A lot of my friends have. Really to bad only the well known people on YouTube etc.. get there raptors. Ford don’t want you to talk bad about them on YouTube etc. but use.. nothing “FU you need to wait”. Now there making the Raptor R. I can’t even get the Raptor 37.

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    1. Alicia Pipkin

      So what does this mean for the plants listed are they going down? Does anyone actually know what in the hell is going on? I would like to know since Herb or anyone else at Ford can ever give a straight answer, so we never know when our families are or are not going to work.

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  14. geodotts

    FSK

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    1. Alicia Pipkin

      Is this ford stock I am guessing? What is going on with FSK?

      Reply
  15. Albert Ronald Clay

    My Ford Explorer was Build on April 20, 2022
    How much longer before my Explorer will be shipped ?

    Reply
  16. Larry Sanders

    I’ve had my F350 Crew Cab on order since Nov 2021. What gets me is the lack of feedback from Ford. Send a mass email for each back ordered model and tell your customers “these are order options is causing the delay.” or “fat chance you’ll never get your truck, move on”

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    1. Dan

      Same here ordered F 350 Platinum back in Dec. no build date yet. I thought if you ordered your truck costume you would get faster. ( bullsh1t ) why should I have to take my fifth wheel prep off when they offered as a add on the build sheet. What do they think I am hooking my trailer on my back. 100,000 truck 6 months nothing from Ford. Was a Ford man maybe time to come a Ram owner. My dealership doesn’t help at all.

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    2. Brad

      Larry
      F350 Lariet ext cab Ordered 1/29/2021 Signed contract. Cash down stroke. Last week finally got S/N Suppose to be built 1st week of August Will be interesting when this truck comes in and time to settle up. Tenth digit “N” which would make it a 22′

      Reply
  17. Gustavo

    Quiero trabajar en la fabrica de ustedes aquí en louisville

    Reply
  18. James Schloderback

    I ordered ford transit MR November 11, 2021, the dealer informed me I would have to re-order 2023 transit because the 2022 Van was canceled witch I did 06-13-22, not sure how this is legal, I need an honest answer from ford.

    Reply

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