LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Ford officials announced Wednesday they will eliminate a shift starting in spring of 2019.
The shift that will be eliminated will be the C-crew at the Louisville Assembly Plant, reducing the number of shifts to two.
According Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker, “Ford is adding more than 500 jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant and moving approximately that same number of jobs from Louisville Assembly Plant to nearby KTP to increase Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator production by 20 percent.”
The move is to help Ford meet customer demand for full size SUVs and trucks.
Felker said all full-time hourly employees affected will be offered jobs at another Ford plant.
According to Ford, Lincoln Navigator sales are up 80 percent from one year ago, and Expedition sales are up 36 percent. The vehicles made at Louisville Assembly Plant -- the Escape and Lincoln MKC -- aren’t seeing strong sales.
“They will have a plant, they run production on it and when that car or truck sales starts to slump or slow -- they close that plant down,” William Bishop said.
Bishop started working at Louisville Assembly Plant in 2012. He said he is not surprised by the announcement to eliminate a shift at LAP. Bishop said he was injured while working and now he watches as changes affect a plant he expected to go back to.
“It really doesn't matter if it is all coming down to the shareholders and how much profit they can make,” Bishop said.
The strong customer demand for full size SUVs and trucks led to the decision, according to Felker.
“Ford is rebalancing production at some of our U.S. plants, further increasing our efficiency while retaining jobs for all full-time, hourly employees,” Felker said.