• Apr 2, 2011
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Ford hasn't said much about its supply situation in the wake of the earthquake in Japan, but now the automaker has no choice but to spill the beans. The Detroit News reports that Ford will shut down its Louisville, Kentucky plant next week due to a parts shortage. The facility produces the Ford Expedition, Ford Super Duty trucks, and the Lincoln Navigator. Ford sales analyst George Pipas did not identify the part that was in short supply, though he did add that high gas prices have helped slow sales of these vehicles anyway.

Ford will also shut down its Flat Rock, Michigan plant, where the Mustang is produced, because the automaker already has a 116-day supply of the pony car. In Europe, Ford will idle the Genk, Belgium plant that produces the Mondeo, S Max and Galaxy minivan to help prevent future shortages.

Ford announced that events in Japan could further affect future production, but at this point it isn't interested in divulging the extent of its supply issues. Ford is actively searching for other parts sources wherever possible.



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[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      In Canada there is a wait list for Mustangs...what the heck!?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is yet another example of why globalization sucks. As a left wing liberal I blame my own party for going along with NAFTA and all the other crap that has helped to destroy so much of our country.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, this is why you need some redundancy - it won't help you any more, if the part comes from a destroyed factory somewhere in the USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep jobs at home in North America... a lesson for all NA industry.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The problem is that everyone seems to go on and on about how companies should keep all the jobs in America and build all the parts here but no one wants to pay the higher prices that would yield, or put up with a lack of quality on a specialized part that a company in a different country has learned to make better than anyone else in the world.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Ford is actively searching for other parts sources wherever possible." How about instead of shipping jobs over seas. You make your parts in the U.S.A. And that doesn't just go for Ford. GM should think about that also!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jkstang

        You seriously don't think Ford or any other mfg. tells their suppliers where to build plants, do you? Even if the suppliers factories were in the US, there's a very good chance that some component of that part would be sourced out of country.

        A good example of that would be the pigment shortage Ford is having for certain paint colors. I don't know who their supplier is for paint but I bet it's someone like PPG or DuPont. Both of those companies are based in the US and have many US factories. However, they evidently souce certain pigments from Japan.

        I agree there should be more mfg in the US. Our mfg base seems to be almost non-existent compared the the middle of the last century. But it's not just the auto mfg's that have to be globalized to survive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am surprised at the Mustang 116-day suppy? I thought that Mullaly was planning to have Ford build cars to order to avoid having to discount cars so much later on and hurting residual values and brand perception.

      I guess they are trying to beat the Camaro in sales.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Made in USA??? HUHHHHH..
        • 3 Years Ago
        Downranked for lameness.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm, I wonder how many Super Duty drivers would be upset to learn that their trucks contain critical Japanese components? Heck, it could probably be something as trivial as a cigarette lighter, but still...
        • 3 Years Ago
        What makes you think that a cigarette lighter is trivial to the type of person who would buy one of these whales. Brakes trivial - maybe. But cigarette lighter - no way!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm... I would have thought that with the new engine lineup that Ford would have had a smaller-than-116-day supply of Mustangs...
        • 3 Years Ago
        116 day supply of Mustangs is absurd, imagine the capitalization fixed in those cars. Introduce customer order and be done with it Ford, save literally tonnes of money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      jsmeagle5
      5:40PM (4/02/2011)
      Downranked for lameness.


      Thats's why you have one star????? You are full of lameness hahaha.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You were saying?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh well hats what Ford gets. Should keep it in house or local. Suffer the consequences of trying to save a buck. I used to love Ford with a passion, but since the foriegn content of the F150 went up, it has become less reliable. My 2004 was a great truck, my 2010 is rattling, falling apart POS. And the Mustang does not sell because it looks like crap. I complain and complain about that hideous unpainted plastic, Ford does not listen, so suffer. When the Mustang looks good again, it will outsell the Camaro again. Until then, I would not be surprised to see high daily supplies.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford has a 116 day supply of Mustangs?

      There's a story there somewhere. They just got new engines last year and they are idling the plant?

      Perhaps high gas prices have slowed sales of the Mustang too?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I doubt it. Mustangs are not notorious for being "gas guzzlers". There are far too many trucks and SUVs to take the cake for that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This doesn't really look like missing part supply – the list is full of cars, which sell very bad due to the current high gas price.
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