Parts Shortage Forces Ford to Idle 3,000 Workers
The workers will be on temporary layoff for about a week, The Detroit News reported. The plant manufactures the popular F-150 pickup truck, but a parts shortage has affected the availability of two types of V-6 engines, both of which are manufactured at Ford's engine plant in Cleveland.
Company policy forbids Ford from naming the parts-supplier, Ford spokesman Todd Nissen told the newspaper. But Nissen noted that the problem was caused by lack of capacity, not a quality issue.
The engines account for two of the four choices available in the F-150, one of the most popular vehicles sold in the U.S. and a source of healthy profits for Ford.
While on layoff, the workers will receive unemployment benefits, with Ford contributing an amount that raises wages up to about 95% of the employees' take-home pay, according to the News.