DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. will shut down production of its Ranger pickup for three extra weeks this fall, according to an Associated Press report.
Workers at Ford's St. Paul, Minn., plant received letters on Thursday, Sept. 2, notifying them of layoffs during the weeks of Oct. 4, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22, a local UAW official told the AP.
Ford already has closed its other Ranger plant in New Jersey and consolidated production in St. Paul, the AP reported.
The reported shutdown would affect 1,600 workers. A Ford official wouldn't confirm the shutdown. But after a weak August sales report last week, Ford said it would cut production during the fourth quarter by 7.4 percent compared with the year-ago period.