Three Ford Motor Co. plants scheduled overtime last week. Ford's Michigan Truck plant in Wayne, Mich., scheduled overtime for the first time since September 1999.
Both Kansas City, Mo., plants scheduled daily and Saturday overtime last week. One plant builds the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute, the other the Ford F series and Lincoln Blackwood.The General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., has scheduled overtime for Sunday, Oct. 7. The plant builds the Saturn S series. Seven plants will work overtime this week.Five plants will be closed this week. Ford will close Oakville, Ontario (Ford Windstar), because of slow sales and Atlanta (Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable) because of a parts shortage. GM will close its Orion Township, Mich., plant (Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue, Oldsmobile Aurora and Pontiac Bonneville); Baltimore plant (Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari); and Wentzville, Mo., plant (Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana) for slow sales.In August GM built 15,164 Chevrolet Avalanche models, 7,883 Buick Rendezvous and 1,225 Pontiac Aztek units. Since Jan. 1 the totals are: Avalanche, 49,496; Rendezvous, 29,274; and Aztek, 12,233. Thirty pre-production units of the Cadillac Escalade EXT also were built in August.
n Output of sport-utilities in Canada and the United States this year reached 2 million units on Sept. 20. This is five days earlier than last year.