Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Ford to resume F-150 production after MI supplier fire

Ford to resume F-150 production after MI supplier fire

Production of Ford's Super Duty at its Louisville, Ky., truck plant and the F-150 at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant are targeted to resume by Monday.

Production of the F-150 halted following a fire at parts supplier Meridian Magnesium Products.

Ford Motor Co.is resuming production of F-150 and Super Duty trucks ahead of schedule at three assembly plants after a fire earlier this month at one of its supplier's facilities created a parts shortage.

Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge and other contractors, worked almost around the clock to get America's best-selling vehicle franchise back on line as quickly as possible, according to a release.

Ford stopped making the big pickup trucks at KTP on May 5 following a fire at a supplier plant in MI. "The ramp-up time to full production is improving every day".

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Ford announced Wednesday that production of the F-150 would resume Friday at its Dearborn, Mich. plant now that the Easton Rapids facility is back in operation.

According to a release, work started immediately in the aftermath of the May 2 fire.

The plant, which employs about 8,100 hourly workers in all, has continued to make Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

When the team removed the die from the Eaton Rapids factory, it was shipped to Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio.

Ford executives declined to say how many vehicles were not produced as a result of the idling, though they said customers should have no problems finding trucks in dealership lots.

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