We were talking about this a few months ago. It seems that situation continues at Ford. Supply chains continue to be crippled by ongoing chip shortages. We reported nearly 100,000 unfinished GM products are in the lot, and rival Ford has been hit hard by delays for the Bronco as well as various trucks and SUVs. Last year, stock Ford trucks filled the lot at Kentucky Speedway, but today the lineup is changing. Ford’s latest truck, like the Ford F-350 Super Duty, gets into the hundreds quickly.
There is still no light at the end of the tunnel
Even if steps are taken to make chips on North American soil, this will not be for a few years. Ford trucks and SUVs are unfinished and unsold, piling up for weeks, and may soon flood lots again as early as the spring of 2021. Clear evidence that the chip crisis continues. Ford’s Kentucky plant that makes the Ford F-250, F-350 and F-550 Super Duty, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator trucks has 8,920 employees and 500 acres of land. The factory parking lot is already at capacity and the Kentucky Speedway is starting to fill up again.
There are currently no job restrictions
At the moment, the assembly line does not stop, because there are no reports of temporary closures or layoffs. The Kentucky Speedway is about 50 miles from the Ford factory and cars are flown there every day. Cars are parked in overflow lots to the east of the circuit, on the right side of the road in the satellite images. Residents also claim there is another line of Super Duty trucks in various states of assembly at an abandoned armory in Charlestown, Indiana, just north of Louisville, Kentucky.
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