DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. will idle two shifts at its Chicago Meeting Plant subsequent week as a result of ongoing microchip scarcity.
An organization spokeswoman late Thursday confirmed the transfer. Native UAW officers first warned employees there of the potential layoff on Wednesday.
The short-term discount in shifts will have an effect on Ford’s manufacturing of the worthwhile Explorer, one of many firm’s high sellers, and Lincoln Aviator crossovers. The plant employs about 5,800 employees.
The automaker’s Louisville Meeting Plant, the place employees construct the Escape and Corsair crossovers, is presently down due to the chip shortage.
The worldwide scarcity of microchips has additionally shuttered Ford’s plant in Saarlouis, Germany, and is affecting numerous automakers across the globe. IHS Markit forecasts that chip-related provide wrinkles will linger into the second quarter and probably even the second half of the 12 months.