Ford Motor Co. confirms it will furlough its Twin Cities pickup assembly plant in St. Paul, MN, for two weeks beginning Dec. 13. The shutdown is an effort to control ballooning inventories of the Mazda B-Series and Ford Ranger small pickups and follows four idle weeks at Twin Cities since late September. (See related story: Ford Earmarks Twin Cities for Pre-Holiday Idling) Pickup production will resume Jan. 3, following the holiday shutdown.

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