Ford Focus Plant Goes Into Overtime to Meet CARS Demand

Ford is sending the Michigan plant that makes the Focus into overtime through September, as it struggles to meet demand for its compact car spurred by the government’s Car Allowance Rebate System.

Ford spokeswoman Angie Kozleski said she could not share details, but acknowledged that Ford is “taking some actions to add production at Wayne.”

Local 900 President Andrew Robinson Jr. offered more details about the added production time. The Wayne, Michigan, plant that produces the Focus began working 10-hour weekday shifts on Monday this week, and Ford has added Saturday shifts every other week starting August 15 and ending September 26. Robinson said two of the Saturdays had already been scheduled.

Sales of the Focus rose 44 percent in July, leaving Ford with just a 25-day supply. For several days during the CARS program, the Focus was the bestselling new vehicle. It was eventually topped by the Toyota Corolla, though as of August 5 it was still the second-most-popular vehicle. The added overtime will produce an additional 6400 Focuses between now and the end of September, according to Robinson.

Source: Automotive News