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Ford LAP schedules shutdowns due to slowing auto sales

Ford Louisville Assembly Plant has shut down due to slowing auto sales. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Ford Louisville Assembly Plant has shut down due to slowing auto sales. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Ford Louisville Assembly Plant has shut down due to slowing auto sales.

The company decided to idle production to compensate for an oversaturation of its Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC SUVs in the market.

The shutdown means more than 4,000 Ford LAP employees will not report to work the weeks of Oct. 17 and Oct. 31.

 “We continue matching production with demand to ensure we are at our targeted inventories by year end,” Ford Motor Company Manufacturing & Labor Communications Manager Kelli Felker said in an email to WAVE 3 News.

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In reference to the production of the Escape and Lincoln MKC Felker wrote, “During our second quarter financial call, we said we expected the overall retail industry to decline in the second half of the year from the same period last year. We also said to expect to see some production adjustments in the second half - this is one of them.  We continue matching production with demand. While Escape and MKC sales are up compared to last year, we are making this minor adjustment to ensure we are at our targeted inventories by year end.

Escape sales are up 1 percent through September of this year, compared to a record year in 2015. [Escape sales totaled 234,764 vehicles through September, 2016.] Lincoln MKC sales are up 3 percent through September of this year with 18,786 vehicles sold.”

Ford is also idling the F-150 factory near Kansas City and two plants in Mexico that make the Fusion sedan and Fiesta subcompact.

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