Ford to idle nine plants for three to five weeks

| 11/14/2008

Ford Motor Co. officials have announced the company will shut down nine of the company’s plants – in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Ontario and Mexico – for three to five weeks because of a drop in demand for new cars and trucks. The facilities have about 23,000 production workers, according to Ford’s Web site.

Bloomberg reports the shutdowns will start later this month and continue during part, or all, of December.

Ford officials indicated that they expect to make about one-third fewer vehicles this winter compared with last year.