Ford Motor Co. plans to shut down Transit production at its Kansas City assembly plant for seven days starting next week amid slumping sales for the nation’s best-selling large van.
Automotive News reported that thousands of union workers who build the Transit on two shifts will be placed on temporary layoff beginning Monday, Sept. 25. They will return to work Oct. 2, according to UAW Local 249, which represents the plant’s employees.
Ford also builds the F-150 in Kansas City; the pickup’s production will go on uninterrupted. Transit chassis is widely used in the motorhome market for Class B and C coaches.
“We continue to match production with demand, as we always do,” a Ford spokeswoman said in a statement.
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