Ford Motor Co. is suspending manufacturing of the F-150 pickup and Transit van at its Kansas Metropolis Meeting Plant in Missouri for one week beginning Saturday to assist preserve pure gasoline amid a chilly spell within the Midwest.
Ford confirmed the information late Friday after UAW Native 249, which represents staff on the plant, knowledgeable staff earlier Friday.
“As a result of unseasonably chilly temperatures within the midsection of america, Ford was warned that the supply of pure gasoline could possibly be restricted within the Kansas Metropolis space within the coming days,” spokeswoman Kelli Felker mentioned in an announcement. “To make sure we reduce our use of pure gasoline that’s essential to warmth folks’s properties, we’ve determined to cancel operations for the following week. We count on to return to regular operations on Monday, Feb. 22.”
The shutdown comes at an inopportune time as Ford launches a redesigned F-150, the nation’s top-selling car, and continues to really feel the damaging results of a worldwide semiconductor scarcity. Shifts were cut this week on the Kansas Metropolis manufacturing facility, in addition to at one other F-150 meeting plant in Dearborn, Mich.
Ford warned this month that it may lose 10 % to 20 % of deliberate first-quarter car manufacturing and earnings may fall by $1 billion to $2.5 billion due to tight chip provides.