The wraps are slowly coming off Ford Motor Co.’s plans to increase the flexibility of its North American assembly operations. “Within 18 months we will have four big assembly plants in fully flexible situation,” says Jim Padilla, group vice president-North America. “Then we take on others as they come forward.” Ford's Rouge Plant To be selected for investment, an operation “has to fit within the product cycle plan,” Padilla says. “We’re also looking at the facilities we have ...

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