DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. said it will idle its Louisville, Ky., truck plant for a week starting Monday, April 4. It is the Detroit automaker's first U.S. plant shutdown since the March 11 earthquake in Japan and resulting supply chain disruptions.
Ford builds the F-series Super Duty (F-250 through F-550), Expedition and Lincoln Navigator at the plant.
The shutdown comes in lieu of taking overtime reductions or plant downtime later in the quarter, said George Pipas, Ford's chief sales analyst, in a sales call today.
"The downtime not only addresses a short supply of a few components, but it recognizes the fact that at the retail level, consumer demand for full-sized trucks has declined as we progress through this year," he said.