Ford Motor Co. suspended production at three car plants last week because of the Feb. 1 explosion at the power plant of the Rouge complex in Dearborn, Mich.
The plants, closed because of component shortages, were: Wayne, Mich. (Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer); Kansas City, Mo. (Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique); and Wixom, Mich. (Lincoln Town Car and Continental). The Wixom plant also will be closed this week. The Kansas City truck plant (Ford F series) was not affected by last week's closings.
The Dearborn, Mich., assembly plant (Ford Mustang) is back on its overtime schedule after losing 41/2 days' production because of the explosion. The plant had worked overtime every week since Nov. 9, 1998.
North American truckmakers produced their 1 millionth truck of 1999 on Wednesday, Feb. 10, one full week ahead of 1998. Year-to-date, North American truck production is up 9.1 percent over 1998.