The Detroit Free Press reports Ford is set to boost production by 40,000 units. The company plans to half its summer shutdown to just one week at 13 plants this July. Ford says that it is already operating most of its facilities at maximum capacity, and adding a week of production is a good way to balance manufacturing with demand. The automaker is also adding extra shifts at three of its production facilities this month. Overall, Ford will increase its production this year by a whopping 400,000
The Detroit News reports that Ford has decided to halt its plans to build a low-cost auto plant in the southern U.S. The newspaper says Ford had intended the plant to be a UAW "beachhead" in an area of the U.S. covered with Japanese and German-owned plants. In exchange, the UAW was to give Ford competitive worker agreements at the plant so that cost-competitive cars could be produced there. Ford Americas President Mark Fields, however, pointed out the plan is not dead, just idled.