LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Less than a week after announcing the Kentucky Truck Plant will be open during traditional summer shutdown weeks, Ford Motor Company said the plant will be for two weeks starting April 26.
Ford said the plant will be down the weeks of April 26 and May 3, and super shifts will be removed May 8-31, due to the global semiconductor shortage.
"Our teams continue prioritizing key vehicle lines for production, making the most of our available semiconductor allocation, and have been using a number of unique solutions around the world so we can provide as many high-demand vehicles to our customers as dealers as possible," spokesperson Kelli Felker said.
Felker said a fire at a chip supplier facility in Japan and winter storms in Texas have caused additional problems.
The Kentucky Truck Plant produces the Ford F-250 and F-550 Super Duty Trucks, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Around 8,600 hourly employees will be impacted by the change.
The company previously announced it would shut down the Louisville Assembly Plant, which makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair, during the weeks of April 12 and April 19. The Louisville Assembly Plant has faced shut downs in January and February due to the shortage.