• Apr 4th 2011 at 11:00AM
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Production of Ford heavy-duty trucks has been disrupted... Production of Ford heavy-duty trucks has been disrupted by the earthquake in Japan and low demand (Ford).
DETROIT (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. is closing its Louisville, Ken., truck plant next week because of potential supply disruptions stemming from the earthquake in Japan, and because demand is down for the vehicles.

The Kentucky plant makes the F-250 and F-350 heavy duty pickup trucks, and the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator large SUVs.

The car maker had already planned to idle production at the plant later this quarter, said George Pipas, Ford's manager of sales analysis. But the company decided to shut the plant earlier than scheduled "to address a short supply of components," he said.

Slowing demand for full-sized trucks also factored into the decision, Pipas said.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      So much for Made In America. What a crock.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford pickups are made entirely with parts made in America; Except for one very necessary electronic chip that regulated the air intake. That part is made by a Japanese company in North Eastern Honshu. That plant suffered absolutely no damage. But they were without power for 3 or 4 days. Plus the ports in that area are all closed due to damage. Plus the roads in that area are severely damaged. The plant has brought in trucks that are taking the parts to Tokyo and Yokohama to either be flown or shipped to ford. Ford had parts for a couple of weeks. But then ran out and has to wait for the new suppy line to get them to Louisana. About a week. Then after that there will be no problem with the supply. Ford trucks are by far the biggest seller of all vehicles. There are 4 large dealerships within 14 miles of my home. Between them they have over 5,000 trucks. And sales are booming. In fact, I bought 4 Ford pickups last week.
      chuckposvar
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a shame for Ford all other American brands that have to rely on Unamerican products. Now, if they just start making all of the parts here, our economy will be better !!! AND you wouldn't have to close a plant and let off all of those American workers.
      r
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford closing for one week? Why even print this?
      ohger1s
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you had any brains, you would know how to type with proper capitalzation. You would also realize that no one reads all CAPS posts.
      keawewood5
      • 4 Years Ago
      I GET TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT HOW THE UNIONS RAISED EVERYTHING, IF YOU HAD A BRAIN YOU WOULD BE A UNION WORKER. LOOK AT YOUR BENEFITS & A PERSON WHO WAS SMART ENOUGH TO GET A GOOD JOB (UNION) YOU ARE THE ONE COMPLAINING...UNION WORKER WORK VERY HARD FOR THIER MONEY. GO BE A IRON WORKER,ELECTRITION, OR CARPENTER, OR WHAT EVER TRADE THEY ARE IN, THE COMPANYS THEY WORK FOR PAY BIG MONEY TO THE MANAGER NOMATTER WHAT LEVEL.IT TO BAD THEY CLOSE ANY JOBS IN AMERICA, WE CAN;T AFORD TO LOSE ANYMORE, WE DO NEED TO STICK TOGETHER, OUR PREZ OBAMA DOES NOTHING FOR AMRICA, THAT LAZY PIECE OF ****, LYING KENYA BORN,
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 98 ford 250 I have put over three hundred thousand miles on my truck i use it to haul hay to paint the trim on my house to pull stumps what ever the need . I love my truck my husband has been saying for the last five years we need to get rid of it , before it starts nickel diming us . PROUD to say in that thousands of milage it left me once on the side of the road the fuel pump went out , our BIG fix was the fly wheel . besides for maintnence , that truck is the BEST! No it dont smoke and i get about 20 miles a gallon in town . It is a Triton V8 : ) so u may think of them as Construction trucks , I just want too make sure i get there and home YES DEPENDABLE!! LOVE My TRUCK!! Did i mention its GORGEOUS : )
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have done that when they came out with the junk pile 6.0
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am sorry but unless you run a construction business of some sort you really do not need these gas guzzling trucks.
      junglejack
      • 4 Years Ago
      mk spw.............yea like i said the japs get all the good plastic, and aluminum and apparently steel for ball joints. get real .... i drive a dodge 3500 with 235,000 miles on it and pulling at least 8,000 lbs all the time(trailer weighs 8,000) the only repair h as been a couple of u joints.. the sticker inside the door says the vehicle was made in the USA. Musta got some of that jap steel huh?
      cltt1218
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should teach us to get these manufacturing plants back in this country. This is not the only company hurting from this earthquake. Get the jobs back into this country....USA and not Mexico or Canada either. Jobs are needed here. Jobs for only USA citizens.
      • 4 Years Ago
      pls check it,you can find more suprise. http://www.busymalls.com
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