Ford Motor Co. closed several plants last week because of parts shortages. An estimated 18,825 units were lost in shuttering the plants, 17,600 cars and 925 trucks.
The Dearborn, Mich., plant (Ford Mustang) had been on nearly regular daily overtime since November 1998. The last time the plant was scheduled for downtime was the week of Dec. 8, 1997, when it closed for slow sales. The St. Thomas, Ontario, plant (Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis) has been down four out of the last five weeks.
The Avon Lake, Ohio, plant (Mercury Villager, Nissan Quest) was down three weeks in August because of slow sales. The Wayne, Mich., plant (Ford Focus) was down the week of Aug. 27 for slow sales. The Wixom, Mich., plant (Ford Thunderbird and Lincoln Continental, LS and Town Car) was down Aug. 15-30 because of parts shortages.
The Kansas City, Mo., plant that builds the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute has worked 39 consecutive weeks of overtime.General Motors, unlike Ford, did not close any plants because of parts shortages last week. This week three plants will work overtime that haven't in a long time. Moraine, Ohio (Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada) last worked overtime Sept. 30, 2000. Pontiac, Mich. (Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra) last worked overtime the week of Dec. 16, 2000. Wilmington, Del. (Saturn L series) last worked overtime the week of Sept. 4, 2000.DaimlerChrysler halted production at its Jefferson North plant in Detroit (Jeep Grand Cherokee) last week because of slow sales. This week it will stop production at the Bramalea, Ontario, plant (Chrysler 300M and Concorde, Dodge Intrepid).