DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. plans to shutter its Kansas City Assembly Plant for the first week of 2017 as it tries to pare down its truck and van inventory.
The automaker will take a week of downtime from Jan. 2 to Jan. 9, it confirmed today. It will use that week to perform maintenance at the plant, a spokeswoman said.
The plant employs about 7,465 workers and builds F-150 trucks and Transit vans on three shifts.
Ford had a 108-day supply of Transits on Dec. 1, up from 83 days a year ago, according to the Automotive News Data Center. F-series inventory was at 85 days, down slightly from 87 days a year ago.
Ford temporarily shut its Kansas City plant for a week in October as one of four facilities in North America to see extra down time. It had previously taken down its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan for a week to cut back on Mustang production.
The announcement comes a day after General Motors confirmed it will shut five U.S. auto assembly plants for varying durations in January, primarily to cut oversupply of sedans which have fallen out of favor among U.S. consumers. It also said it would lay off nearly 3,300 workers in January and March as it eliminates production shifts at three car plants in Michigan and Ohio.