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Ford's Essex Engine plant in Windsor, Ont., is among those whose summer shutdown is being cut to just one week.

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Ford Motor Co. has reduced the summer shutdowns at six vehicle assembly plants and seven engine and transmission plants as it tries to produce enough vehicles to meet robust demand.

The normal summer shutdown period is two weeks, but plants in Chicago, Kansas City, Dearborn, Mich., Wayne, Mich. and two more in Kentucky will be closed for just one week so that Ford can crank out 40,000 more vehicles.

The company's Essex Engine plant in Windsor, Ont., will be among those shutting for just a single week.

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"Requiring more capacity from our plants is a good problem to have and having the flexibility to add a week of production in our plants goes a long way toward solving it," Jim Tetreault, vice-president of North America Manufacturing, said in a statement.

Last week, Chrysler Group LLC, the No. 3 U.S.-based auto maker, said four of its North American assembly plants would forego the normal two-week summer shutdown this year due to improved demand.

With files from Reuters

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Greg Keenan has covered the automotive and steel industries for The Globe and Mail since 1995. He also writes about broader manufacturing trends. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and of the University of Western Ontario School of Journalism. More

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