DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Co. brass are “not happy with (plant) capacity utilization today,” a top executive acknowledges, telling journalists here the objective is to mimic Europe’s manufacturing strategy in North America. “When you look at our European operations, one of the reasons we have such high utilization rates in our plants there is because we’re running them with multiple top hats,” Joe Hinrichs, group vice president-global manufacturing, says, referring to the practice of ...

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