Some 3,000 workers at Ford Motor's (F) truck plant in Dearborn, Mich., have been idled because of a shortage of parts needed to manufacture engines installed in the company's popular line of pickup trucks.

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.

About 3,000 hourly and salaried workers on three shifts are off the job at the Dearborn plant until Monday, the spokesman said.

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.

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jkennedy806

It that JUST IN TIME inventory method the management in accounting uses to avoid paying taxes. Of course the if they had continued to make the parts the factory uses in house, the production line would not be idle. Do you know how much energy it takes to start up production -- what a bunch of economic stupid goons.

January 25 2011 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iluvbass98

it was actually weather related delays that caused the parts to be stuck in Georgia that caused the shutdown

January 25 2011 at 12:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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jkennedy806

Maybe the Ford white shirts should consider making some of the parts in-house again at the factory where the assembly & prodcution line is located. Then instead of the parts coming from GEorgia the parts could come across the parking lot. OMG have the executives and MBA's in this country got stupid.

January 25 2011 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Shelton

looks like that downsizing at the parts factory backfired...productivity up while fewer workers needed...NOT... well the workers in MICH. get a staycation...enjoy it sheeple you'll have to make up for the lost time with fewer workers when you get back...Noticed how the size of packaging has shrunk while the price remains the same? this is called inflation without raising the price. seems to me that if a person would cut off just a notch on their productivity perhaps the employer may have to ACTUALY HIRE someone... ONE less peanut in the jar = more profit for the corporation...ONE less minute worked by the sheeple = more profits for the unemployed from being hired. but as it goes were in a(ME ME ME) mentality

January 25 2011 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
David Shelton

looks like that downsizing at the parts factory backfired...productivity up while fewer workers needed...NOT... well the workers in MICH. get a staycation...enjoy it sheeple you'll have to make up for the lost time with fewer workers when you get back...Noticed how the size of packaging has shrunk while the price remains the same? this is called inflation without raising the price. seems to me that if a person would cut off just a notch on their productivity perhaps the employer may have to ACTUALY HIRE someone... ONE less peanut in the jar = more profit for the corporation...ONE less minute worked by the sheeple = more profits for the unemployed from being hired. but as it goes were in a(ME ME ME) mentality

January 25 2011 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply