Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday said it will shorten its traditional two-week summer shutdown to one week at its Louisville, Ky., assembly plant because of high crossover demand.
The plant, which makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC, will close the week of July 4 and reopen the following week. The automaker will produce about 8,500 more vehicles with the extra seven days of production.
Last year, four Ford assembly plants had shorter summer shutdowns.
"The record sales for Ford Escape through May are being driven by strong demand from our retail customers," Raj Nair, Ford's president of North America, said in a statement. "This is our strongest ever retail start for Escape, with retail sales up more than 6 percent versus this time last year."
Through the first five months of the year, Escape sales are up nearly 3 percent to 129,805 and MKC sales are up 10 percent to 11,161 through May.
Ford will also shorten its summer shutdown at a host of component plants: Van Dyke Transmission, Sterling Axle, Chihuahua Engine, Rawsonville, Chicago Stamping, Michigan Assembly Stamping and Woodhaven Stamping. Those plants will be closed the week of July 4 for building maintenance and machine retooling, Ford said.