News Ford resuming F-150 truck production on Friday after supplier fire

03:55  17 may  2018
03:55  17 may  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

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  Ford resuming F-150 truck production on Friday after supplier fire © Getty

DETROIT — Ford said on Wednesday that production of its popular and highly profitable F-150 pickup trucks would resume on Friday at its Dearborn, Michigan, plant, which had been closed for more than a week because of parts shortages caused by a fire at a key supplier.

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Ford has shut down a key source of production for F - 150 pickup trucks after a fire at a parts supplier . Georgia officer fired after viral video showed him choking ex-NFL player Desmond Marrow – NY Daily News. Buzz.

Production of the Ford F - 150 pickup truck , which was halted at the automaker’s Dearborn Truck and Kansas City Assembly plants after supplier Meridian Magnesium Products experienced a plant fire , could resume as soon as this Friday , sources have told Automotive News.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker also said production would resume on Monday at a second F-150 plant in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as its F-series Super Duty truck plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

Production of the Expedition and Navigator SUVs continues without interruption at Louisville, Ford said.

Ford F-Series production halted amid parts shortage

  Ford F-Series production halted amid parts shortage Ford Motor Co. says it will halt production of its top-selling F-150 and Super Duty pickup trucks at several of its U.S. plants where they are built following a fire at a plant in Michigan that produces instrument panels. The Detroit Free Pressreports the truck side of Ford's Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant shut down this week because of the parts shortage, idling about 3,600 workers, with no date set for reopening it. Ford is mulling whether to shut down the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, which employs 4,000 workers. "It is a very fluid situation," Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker told the Freep.

Production of Ford 's F - 150 pickups could resume by next Friday after a fire at a supplier 's plant on May 2, the automaker said.

Ford could resume production on its F - 150 trucks as soon as next week. Michigan and outside of Kansas City, Missouri on May 18, a Ford spokesperson said on Friday . The company suspended production at the two plants — the only ones that make the truck — after a fire at a supplier ’s

The F-150 full-size pickup is the best-selling vehicle in the United States. The vehicle generated $41 billion in revenue last year, about 28 percent of total sales and the lion's share of Ford's profits.

In a media briefing on Wednesday, Ford executives said the May 2 fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, affected several automakers, but its team was the first to enter the fire-damaged plant "while it was still smoldering."

Working with Meridian and other suppliers, Ford said it moved 19 dies — used to shape magnesium parts — out of the Eaton Rapids plant in 30 hours. After inspecting and repairing the dies, Ford said some portions of the Eaton Rapids facility were able to restart production.

The automaker also flew one die weighing 87,000 pounds to a Meridian plant in Nottingham, England, after commissioning a giant Russian-built Antonov cargo plane, one of only 21 in the world.

Ford said it expected an adverse impact of 12 to 14 cents per share on second-quarter earnings, but affirmed its full-year guidance, saying it believed it could make up most of the lost production.

Ford shares closed up 1.6 percent at $11.40.

Reporting by Nick Carey and Paul Lienert

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