FoMoCo has just announced that it will temporarily close its Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne for nine weeks starting June 23 due to sluggish demand. According to Ford spokeswoman Angie Kozleski, the plant, which employs 1,400 hourly workers, will reopen on August 25th.
The plant is responsible for producing the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. Ford’s Expedition sales are down 31 percent for the first 5 months of 2008 while Navigator sales are down 22 percent.
Kozleski said that Ford made the move in order to match its inventory to the demand for the two SUVs. The nine-week shutdown includes the company’s two-week summer closure.