Ford Motor Co. reportedly will shut down its St. Paul, MN, Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup assembly plant for two weeks in December for inventory control. The Twin Cities facility has been closed four weeks since late September, including consecutive weeks in November, when days’ supply of Ford and Mazda pickups hit 138 and 142, respectively. Ranger sales are down 25% to date vs. like-2003, and B-Series deliveries have fallen 31.5%. The plant will be shuttered the weeks of Dec. 13 ...

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