With the 2023 UAW strike firmly in the rearview mirror, the company and its workers got back to work after six weeks of uncertainty. The Kentucky Truck plant played an outsized role in the strike, as the facility shut down when Fain ordered workers to walk out – a move that caught Ford off-guard. As a result, the plant remained idle for several weeks, and only produced 8,572 examples of the Ford Super Duty in October, a huge drop from September. Fortunately, the plant bounced back from the strike, with a monthly output similar to levels see before the UAW walkout, according to figures included in the November 2023 U.S. sales report.
In November, 27,393 examples of the Ford Super Duty were produced at Kentucky – a whopping 220 percent increase from October’s output. November’s figure is pretty impressive, as it represents the third highest monthly output for 2023. Through last month, the facility has produced 250,568 examples of the pickup. But Ohio Assembly is also responsible for some Super Duty production. Output actually fell there in November, as 2,483 chassis cab pickups were produced – a 16 percent dip. With both plants taken into account, production of the lineup increased 159 percent.
Unsurprisingly, with operations at the plant back online, production of the two other vehicles produced at the plant also rebounded. Ford Expedition production increased by 114 percent last month to 6,730 units, and Lincoln Navigator production increased 118 percent, with 1,889 units completed. Other plants impacted by the strike have also bounced back too, as Ford Explorer production returned to normal, as did Ford Bronco output. The Chicago Assembly plant and Michigan Assembly plant were the only other Ford Motor Company plants directly impacted by the strike