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Ford Add Shifts To Meet Demand

Thu, 08/27/2009 - 8:27am
Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it will add shifts to its plants in Dearborn, Mich., and Claycomo, Mo., to meet demand for F-150 pickups and Ford Escape crossover vehicles.

A third production shift will be added to the sport utility line at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in October, where the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker builds Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners.

The company's Dearborn Truck Plant will operate three shifts beginning in late September to increase production of F-150 trucks.

Earlier this month, Ford said it would increase production in the fourth quarter to restock inventories depleted by strong consumer demand in July and August. The Ford Escape was among the top-selling vehicles under the government's Cash for Clunkers program.

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