“To ensure we minimize our use of natural gas that is critical to heat people’s homes, we decided to cancel operations for a week, beginning Saturday, February 13,” Ford said in a statement. “We expect to return to normal operations on Monday, February 22.”
About 200 million people were under some sort of weather-related alert Tuesday as a winter storm pummeled much of the United States. After hitting Texas and Oklahoma especially hard, the storm was expected to move out through the Northeast late Tuesday, leaving a trail of heavy snow and ice in its path, CNN Meteorologist Tyler Mauldin said.
Because of the shortage, automakers have been directing the supply of chips they do have to their most profitable and best-selling products such as pickups and large SUVs. In Ford’s case, that’s the the F-150 pickups. Until now, Ford’s Kansas City plant, which also makes the Transit commercial van, has been spared shutdowns.
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