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Ford Vamps Up Its Production

Michael Kelly

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The Ford Motor Company is planning to add another shift to increase their factory production. This will increase

Ford employees are already working overtime to satisfy the demand of sales.

production 13 percent in the first quarter allowing the production of more cars due to the response of higher sales and the demand for Ford and Lincoln brand cars and trucks. Further increases are also likely throughout the year, according to company executives.

Ford employees are already working overtime to satisfy the demand of sales. Jim Farley, Ford global marketing chief, spoke to reporters about the increased sales after Ford executives met with U.S. Ford dealers at the National Automotive Dealers Association annual convention at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Ken Czubay, Ford U.S. sales chief said, “the company is studying to add a third shift at some of their major plants, but they are unsure at this point whether or not the plans are definite.”

In the past few months Ford has had to slow down or even stop production at some of the plants because of a lack of supplier parts. However, as of January, the retail demand has gone up to 27 percent. Jim Farley said,” We are trying to play catch up with just customer demands.” The new version of the Ford Explorer SUV, is leading the sales, but the inventories for that car are in very tight demand. Ken Czubay said, “demand is high for new product across the board.”

This first-quarter increase, roughly 555,000 vehicles, would create more jobs with this third shirt and possible overtime. Ford has already announced plans to hire more than 7,000 workers in the next two years, including engineers and factory workers. These new jobs will build new models, including a revamped Ford Escape midsize SUV.

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Ford Vamps Up Its Production