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Louisville Ford workers on overdrive to make up for drop in pickups

Louisville Ford workers on overdrive to make up for drop in pickups

The halted production at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville last month led to an estimated 13,600 fewer Super Duty vehicles rolling off the assembly lines.

To make up for the loss, Ford Motor executives have offered overtime to hundreds of workers willing to pull extra time on Saturdays and Sundays. 

“We’re building them now,” said Todd Dunn, president of the United Auto Workers Local 862, said late Tuesday afternoon. 

A fire and explosion at parts supplier Meridian in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2 halted production of components used in the instrument panel of the F-150 pickup and other pickups, leading Ford and other automakers to send workers home and shut down lines nearly two weeks across North America until the parts could be replenished.

Previously: Ford’s plan to halt F-series pickup production will hit 2,700 Louisville union workers

The stoppage at the sprawling facility on Chamberlain Lane affected 2,700 workers, but didn’t impact 5,500 others who kept assembling Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions. 

Ford’s Kansas City, Missouri truck plant took a similar hit, having production of the top-selling F-150 pickup truck skid by more than 11,570 during May, based on the prior four-month average. The other F-150 producer for Ford, the Dearborn Truck Plant, turned out about 7,000 fewer pickups in May.

What that means to Ford Motor Co.’s financial results won’t be known officially until sometime in mid-summer when the Detroit automaker releases its second quarter earnings results. But the loss of production on one of the company’s best-selling product lines signals a brutal balance sheet. 

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According to the company’s May production report, KTP assembled just 16,482 Super Duty pickups, compared with monthly levels that averaged 30,154 from January to April. That means that on average, the factory’s reduced pickup output exceeded 13,600.

Dunn, head of the local that represents nearly 13,000 hourly workers at both Louisville area Ford plants, said that they’ve been told that the goal is to push hard to make up for the shortfall. There’s been no estimate, he said, how long Super Saturdays and Super Sundays will last.

Grace Schneider: 502-582-4082; [email protected]; Twitter: @gesinfk. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: www.courier-journal.com/graces 

Published at Wed, 06 Jun 2018 15:06:37 +0000

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