4,600 Ford employees furloughed while Claycomo plant repairs mechanical issues along F-150 line

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CLAYCOMO, Mo. --As workers at the GM Plant head back to work Monday, thousands employed at the Ford Plant in Kansas City will stay home this week because the plant is partially shutting down.

More than 4,600 Ford workers will be off the job this next week starting Monday due to a mechanical issues on the F-150 line.

Union leaders are urging those being furloughed to report their status to the Unemployment Office so they can receive unemployment benefits for the week away from work. It won’t be their full pay, but at least they’ll receive some compensation for not working.

Ford officials say the mechanical issues on the line hampered the company’s ability to build the F-150 as quickly as they wanted. They had planned to give workers a week off during the fall to retool the line, so the closure just moves that plan up several months.

Ford dealers have plenty of F-150 supply in stock, so dealer and consumers are not expected to be impacted by the week-long closure.  Also, the plant in Dearborn, Mich., will continue to churn out F-150 trucks this week, so the impact across the nation will be minimal.

The goal right now is for all workers to report back to the line this time next week.

The mechanical issue only affects the F-150 production line. The 3,000 workers who build the Ford Transit van will continue to work this week.