Ford Motor Company will revise the Kansas City plant to prepare for 2021 F-150 pickup truck models.
The work, which will involve an approximately two week shut down, is scheduled for mid-October. The plant, locate in Claycomo, will be temporarily closed after Ford’s Dearborn plant completes a similar retooling.
The F-150 is only produced in Claycomo and Dearborn. The Clay County location employs approximately 6,600 people.
The 2021 F-150 boasts a totally redesigned exterior and interior. The changes require the two plants make modifications to build the new vehicle, although the effort will be much more straightforward than the 2014 overhaul which required months. .
Dearborn was scheduled to begin remodeling in early September with the Kansas City plant continuing operations until Dearborn is cleared to restart.
Ford’s F-series remained America's best-selling vehicle in 2019, keeping a title it has held for several decades. That’s great news for Ford and its local employees, with nearly 900,000 F-150s sold in 2019 and generating revenue of $42 billion.