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Ford Continues to Idle Some Plants Due to Chip Shortage

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Feb. 17, 2022—Ford Motor Co. is continuing to idle some of its plants this week as the global semiconductor shortage continues to hamper the automotive industry.

Production at the automaker's assembly plant in Ohio, as well as its Transit van production line at its Kansas City facility, will remain down for the rest of the week, according to a report from Reuters. Last week, Ford suspended or cut production at eight of its North American factories.

The company's Dearborn, Kentucky, Louisville and Oakville (Canada) factories are all currently running reduced shifts.

Ford officials have said this quarter will be a "low point" in vehicle production, and the Reuters report says shares in the company have dipped slightly due to lower-than-expected quarterly income and a slower-than-expected production output recovery. The company said it expects vehicle volume "to significantly improve" through the second half of this year.

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