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Ford to Reduce Summer Shutdown at 13 North American Plants

Ford Motor Co. said it will boost production by about 40,000 vehicles by idling 13 plants for one week only instead of two as part of the company’s annual summer shutdown.

The decision affects six vehicle-assembly plants and seven engine and stamping factories, Ford said in a statement. The additional output from the shorter shutdown is part of the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker’s plan to boost annual production by 400,000 vehicles, Ford said.

“We are working most of our North American plants at maximum capacity and we are adding production shifts in three of our assembly plants this month alone,” Jim Tetreault, Ford’s vice president of North American manufacturing, said in the statement. “Requiring more capacity from our plants is a good problem to have.”

Ford is the second U.S. automaker to curtail its traditional summer shutdown. Chrysler Group LLC, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, said May 2 that four North American plants would skip their entire two-week summer shutdown to meet increased demand.

Ford’s U.S. sales rose 4.8 percent in the first four months of the year to 717,480 cars and light trucks, according to researcher Autodata Corp. Deliveries of Chrysler, majority owned by Fiat SpA, climbed 33 percent in the first four months of this year to 539,216, according to Autodata.

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