Canadian Manufacturing

Ford trimming its summer shutdown schedule at Oakville Assembly

Ford operations in Louisville, Ken., and Chicago will also reopen sooner to help satisfy increased demand for SUVs



The redesigned 2015 Ford Edge is built at Ford's plant in Oakville, Ont., for markets around the world. PHOTO Ford Motor Co.

The redesigned 2015 Ford Edge is built at Ford’s plant in Oakville, Ont., for markets around the world. PHOTO Ford Motor Co.

DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford is knocking a week off the traditional two-week summer shutdown at three SUV plants to handle increased demand.

The company says it will use the extra week of production to make another 22,000 SUVs at factories in Louisville, Ken., Oakville, Ont., and Chicago.

The factories make the Escape, Edge, Flex and Explorer sport utility vehicles and Lincoln counterparts.

Sales of the four SUVs are up 8.5 per cent through May to just over 305,000.

Ford’s pickup truck plant in Louisville also will shut down for only a week as it switches to a new Super Duty F-Series truck. The rest of the company’s North American plants will close for maintenance and machine retooling as scheduled from July 4 to 15.

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