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

Marco Green
May 17, 2018

Ford has announced plans to resume F-150 production in MI on Friday and Kentucky on Monday, minimizing downtime after a fire severely damaged a supplier's magnesium parts factory.

The F-150 full-size pickup is the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

While production of the F-150 was down for a week, Ford says they started working immediately after the fire.

Ford Motor Co. plans to restart production of F-Series Super Duty trucks at Kentucky Truck Plant by Monday, putting about 2,700 hourly workers back on the job after a two-week layoff, the company said Wednesday.

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. The vehicle generated $41 billion in revenue past year, about 28 percent of total sales and the lion's share of Ford's profits. The teams removed 19 dies from Meridian's badly damaged facility, and in one case, moved an 87,000-pound die from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov cargo plane.

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

Despite the quick effort, Ford is still expecting to take a hit from the fire as the company told investors to expect an "adverse impact of $0.12 to $0.14 per share in second quarter due to lost production".

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