U.S. Automakers Trim Traditional Summer Breaks

Major automakers speeding up production to meet growing demand for new cars and trucks

automobilesSummer is near. That won’t mean as much for workers in the U.S. auto industry this year.

Automakers in Detroit say they are trimming the traditional two-week summer breaks at their factories, in order to speed production and meet a growing demand for new cars and trucks, The Associated Press reports.

Who gets a break and for how long?

Ford Motor Co. says its factories will shut down for one week. General Motors won’t shut down at all. Chrysler will have a two-week break at four of its 10 assembly plants.

The tradition of shutting factories around July 4 is used to do maintenance and change machinery for new car models.

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