Ford cuts week off SUV plant shutdown to handle sales rise

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford is knocking a week off the traditional two-week summer shutdown at three SUV plants to handle increased demand. The company says it will use the extra week of production to make another 22,000 SUVs at factories in Louisville, Kentucky; Oakville, Ontario, and...

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              This Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, photo, shows the Ford blue oval badge in the grill of a vehicle on display in the showroom at Butler County Ford in Butler, Pa. Ford announced Friday, June 17, 2016, that the company is knocking a week off the traditional two-week summer shutdown at three SUV plants to handle increased demand. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford is knocking a week off the traditional two-week summer shutdown at three SUV plants to handle increased demand.

The company says it will use the extra week of production to make another 22,000 SUVs at factories in Louisville, Kentucky; Oakville, Ontario, and Chicago.

The factories make the Ford Escape, Edge, Flex and Explorer sport utility vehicles and Lincoln counterparts.

Sales of the four Ford SUVs are up 8.5 percent through May to just over 305,000.

Ford's pickup truck plant in Louisville also will shut down for only a week as it switches to a new Super Duty F-Series truck. The rest of the company's North American plants will close for maintenance and machine retooling for two weeks in July. Closing dates will vary.

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This story has been corrected to show that other factories will close for two weeks in July but dates will vary.

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