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Ford Reworks Plants to Build More SUVs With Same Headcount

  • Some workers will be transferring to other Ford facilities
  • Ford is cutting shifts at factories making slow-selling models
A Ford Expedition SUV moves down an assembly line at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant.
A Ford Expedition SUV moves down an assembly line at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant.Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
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Ford Motor Co. is reworking its U.S. plants to lower costs and boost output of big sport utility vehicles. And unlike rival General Motors Co., the moves won’t cut headcount.

The automaker will eliminate shifts at factories in Michigan and Kentucky and transfer about 1,150 workers to other plants to support stronger-selling models, spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an interview.