Ford Louisville assembly plant closed due to lack of parts

The plant that will make the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair will be out of service from April 12th to 19th.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nearly 4,000 Ford employees will be idle for two weeks as the Louisville assembly plant suffers a parts shortage.

Ford Motor Company announced that the plant that will make the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair will be out of service in the weeks April 12-19 due to a global semiconductor shortage. Several other Ford plants, including in Ohio and Illinois, will also be out of service during this time.

This is not the first time Ford has been hit by the semiconductor shortage. In January a spokesman said the facility would have a “week of downtime” due to the shortage. Officials later confirmed an extended shutdown.

In addition, the Louisville assembly plant was shut down in the week of February 22nd due to “weather-related parts shortages”.

The Associated Press previously reported that the shortage and a winter storm in February forced Ford to build F-150 pickups without computers. The trucks would help out in factories and be delivered to dealerships as soon as computers were available and quality checks were carried out.

Several automakers have announced production cuts in North American factories due to the shortage.

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