A frame shortage has made a big change for summer plans for Ford manufacturers: the summer break will be cut in half. Six assembly plants and 12 powertrain and stamping plants will have shorter shutdowns during July to make up for overtime shifts that were canceled earlier in the year. A manufacturer used for the truck frames had not been able to keep up with the demand, causing the shifts to be canceled.

F150 Plants to Step Up Production After Frame Shortage

ford manufacturingA plant in Kansas City and one in Dearborn where the F150 is made will only see one week of vacation, compared to the regular two weeks, as a result of this issue. The use of an aluminum body for the F150 for the 2015 model is only one reason the launch hit issues. It is being evaluated to determine the best route for future model launches.

Other plants that will see only one week of shutdown during the summer months are the Louisville, KY, plant that makes the Escape, the Kentucky Truck plant which makes the Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator, a plant in Ontario, Can., where the Edge is made and the plant in Chicago where the Explorer is made.

Trump Threatens Severe Penalties if Ford Goes Through with Mexican Plant

donald trump on autosDonald Trump has big news for Ford CEO Mark Fields – if a Mexican Plant for Ford is constructed, Trump threatens that every vehicle and part that crosses the border will require a 35-percent tax to be paid at the time of import.

Republican Presidential Candidate Trump says the proposed $2.5 million plant will take thousands of jobs away from the US. He said he would be in touch with the “head of Ford” to share the bad news.

Ford announced plans in April for a new engine plant and a new transmission plant in Mexico, adding 3,800 jobs to the more than 11,000 jobs already payrolled by Ford in the country. When asked about Trump’s statements, a Ford spokesperson noted that the company spends four-fifths of its annual North American investments in the United States and has created nearly 25,000 jobs in the US in the last four years.

The majority of US auto manufacturers already have plants in Mexico. As a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the tax laws already active in the US, it is difficult to say how Trump plans to enforce his threat. It would be highly illegal to subject one plant to such high taxes when others would not see the same expense.