CHICAGO/DEARBORN/WAYNE, Mich. - Ford has added a third production shift at key manufacturing facilities to meet consumer demand for some of its most popular vehicles.
The third shift – called C-Crew – works Friday through Monday, and it enables Ford to produce more vehicles, while also creating additional jobs. Adding the third shifts is a critical piece of the company’s plans to increase North American production capacity by 400,000 units this year.
The three-crew system runs like this: A-Crew works the 10-hour day shift Monday through Thursday; B-Crew works the 10-hour night shift Tuesday through Friday; C-Crew rounds out the week working days on Friday and Saturday, and nights on Sunday and Monday.
“C-Crew enables us to run our facilities 120 hours a week,” said Bill Rooney, former manager, Human Resources, Vehicle Operations Assembly, now in Vehicle Operations. “It provides everybody with a four-day week and provides more employment.”
Plants currently using C-Crews include Dearborn Truck, Michigan Assembly and Chicago Assembly. The Louisville Assembly Plant also will add a C-Crew later this summer.
While some may find it difficult to work every weekend, others like it.
“I have four boys ages 12, 11, 6 and 4 and this schedule enables me to be there with them every day,” said Joe Closurdo, who works on C-Crew at Dearborn Truck. “I can help them with their homework, go to their baseball games and have interaction with my family. If it wasn’t for C-Crew, I wouldn’t have that.”
Closurdo’s wife works a regular day job Monday through Friday. Because he works on C-Crew, the couple does not need to worry about hiring child care for their family.
“For me it’s important to be around my family,” he said. “I love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Nolecca Glidden, who also works on C-Crew at Dearborn Truck, says she likes the weekend shift because she enables her to get more things done during the week.
“Doctor and dentist appointments are so much easier to get in the middle of the week, plus going to the grocery store and making runs to the bank,” she said. “There are less people and you can get in and out faster and get what you need to get done.”
Glidden’s husband also works C-Crew at the same plant. The couple – who has no children – has been working the same shift for three years now.
“I admit my husband and I are not available much for parties, camping, picnics and things like that over the weekend, but the way it does work out for us is if there’s a family function on a Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon,” she explained. “Our shift doesn’t start until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday so we can still attend church or have a barbecue before we have to go to work.”
Working the weekend shift also makes it easier to travel, says Glidden.
“It’s a lot easier to travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” she said. “Tickets are more accessible and a little less expensive, so that works out really well.”
How the three-crew system runs
• Works the 10-hour day shift Monday through Thursday
• Works the 10-hour night shift Tuesday through Friday
• Rounds out the week working days on Friday and Saturday, and nights on Sunday and Monday