DETROIT (Aug. 22, 2000) — Ford Motor Co. is shutting three of its assembly plants for two weeks beginning Aug. 28 to divert the 70,000 tires that would normally go on new vehicles to the Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. recall efforts, the company has announced.
The assembly plants are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, St. Louis, Mo., and Edison, N.J. The St. Louis plant manufactures the Ford Explorer and Mountaineer, while the other two make the Ford Ranger, the company said.
Some 6,000 workers will be affected by the closing, and will receive 95 percent of their normal wages minus overtime and commuting costs.
Over the weekend, Ford Chairman and CEO Jac Nasser taped a commercial that ran Aug. 21 during "ABC Monday Night Football" and was slated for other prime-time broadcasts, describing the company´s latest actions to facilitate the recall. Ford has identified more than 30 replacement tire lines for the ATX, ATX II and Wilderness A/T, Mr. Nasser said during the commercial.