Michigan Ford factory to close for nine weeks - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Michigan Ford factory to close for nine weeks

The Ford Motor Company is closing a Michigan factory for nine weeks starting this month as it deals with a sagging demand for large SUVs.

The truck Plant in Wayne, west of Detroit, makes the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition.  It employs about 1400 hourly workers.

Ford Executives said last month that the U.S. market had rapidly shifted from trucks to cars because of $4 per gallon gasoline.

The company plans to increase car production and decrease truck production, with specifics coming in July.

Auto analysts say Ford could could retool pickup truck plants in Louisville, Dearborn, and Claycomo, Missouri to make both the new F-150 pickup and the large SUVs.

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