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    "It may then behoove its owner to suspend maintenance and keep the otherwise obsolete plant in production. "

    Does it mean the owner keep producing the obsolete plant?

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    "It may then behoove its owner to suspend maintenance and keep the otherwise obsolete plant in production. "

    In this case "plant" means a piece of machinery used in manufacturing a product.

    The text says that although the plant is obsolete (out of date) and not financially efficient, the owner can save money by not maintaining it (not repairing and looking after it) properly, and keep it producing things for a while longer. The text then goes on say that this can only be a temporary solution as the lack of maintenance will cause the plant to break down eventually.

    So:
    keep the otherwise obsolete plant in production
    = make the plant, which is actually out of date, keep on producing things

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    So, "to keep a car model in production" would mean make the car model keep on producing other things?

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    Default Re: In Production

    So, "to keep a car model in production" would mean make the car model keep on producing other things?

    No, more often than not the phrase "we keep something in production" means "we keep producing that thing".
    "We will keep this car in production" = "We will keep producing/manufacturing/making this car".

    I feel it is much less common for "keep something in production" to mean "keep the thing producing", as is the case in your original example. However it's understood in context because the meaning is clearly that the plant/machine is producing, not being produced.
    Perhaps a more usual way to express it would be:
    "It may then behoove its owner to suspend maintenance and keep the otherwise obsolete plant in service (or in operation)."


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