In order to meet the increasing demand for full-size pickups, Ford announced (Ford download the Ford press release here) it will reduce the usual summer shutdown at various F-Series plants. For example, this year the Kentucky Truck Plant will be down for only one week to allow for the production of more super-duty pickups.
These types of summer-break closures usually occur when regularly scheduled routine maintenance tasks are performed or when plants are reconfigured for model-year changeovers, but this type of work can also be completed during slower shift cycles.
According to reports, both General Motors and Chrysler are also reducing or eliminating paid summer shutdowns (which usually start around July 4) for workers in order to keep up with demand in select assembly and production plants throughout North America. Both companies have important new pickup and SUV models coming to market this year that could be jeopardized if availability cannot keep up with demand.