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End of an era: Ford Explorer to end production run December 16 at Louisville Assembly Plant

by Terry Boyd

Insider Louisville contributor Brian Tucker has a scoop on his Southwest News blog.

The last Explorer mid-sized SUV is scheduled be built here December 16. The Explorer is built at Ford Motor Company’s Louisville Assembly Plant on Fern Valley Road.

In his post, Tucker terms the news the end of an era: “These were good products that made a good living for employees. Good luck to those still working at LAP, and best wishes for a new product soon.”

Other models scheduled to finish their LAP production runs are the Sport Trac pick-up truck on October 29 and the Mountaineer, a Mercury-branded version of the Explorer, on September 28.

However, Tucker tells Insider Louisville that dates for the end of the Explorer have extended several times and may change again.

Ford is on track to build about 15,000 vehicles here through the end of the year, and the plant is running overtime to meet production.

Still to be announced is the next generation Ford vehicle that will be built at LAP, though Bloomberg News and other media reported earlier this month that  Ford executives have decided not to move production of the Kuga, a small crossover, to Louisville from Germany.

Related story:
Ford Said to Reverse Plans to Make SUV in Kentucky for Export (Bloomberg).

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