The sun may shine bright upon my old Kentucky home, but that doesn’t mean things here can’t always be good. In the case of Ford, it’s not so good right now for the automaker’s efforts in Louisville.
First off, most of the 3,800 workers at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant have been laid-off temporarily until the end of this week due to a parts shortage for the Navigators, Expeditions and Super-Dutys screwed together there. The cause of the shortage appears to involve a fire at one of the plant’s part suppliers, and while UAW officials claim the part in question is a sensor, Ford officials are following company policy, not saying anything either way.
Of course, the fire doesn’t affect the Louisville Assembly Plant, but a major recall certainly does: Starting 23 July, Ford will recall nearly 8,300 Escapes — all made in Louisville — due to a very Toyota/Lexus-esque issue involving carpeting and braking. The affected CUVs were made from 8 March to 7 June of this year, if you happen to be one of the owners in question.
Speaking of that CUV, I leave you with the above photo of what used to be a large movieplex until it was finally demolished last year. The lot has played host to a few curious things since then, including housing some if not all of the 3,500 Escapes that could not escape the hailstorm in April. There were more a few weeks ago, but most of them have gone off somewhere. Maybe towards one of the auctions our Monsieur Lang visits?