Ford Restarts F-150 Production

by Linda Olson May 17, 2018, 14:38
Ford Restarts F-150 Production

The company has also successfully repaired the supply chain for Super Duty, with production targeted to restart by Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant as well as the Kansas City Assembly Plant that also makes F-150 pickups.

Production will return first at Ford's Dearborn, Mich., facility on Friday, while its its Kansas City, Mo., and F-Series Super Duty truck production in Louisville, Ky., will resume starting on Monday.

Production was halted due to a shortage of parts caused by a May 2 fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids.

Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge and other contractors, worked almost non-stop to get the plants back online.

"While the situation remains extremely dynamic, our teams are focused on returning our plants to full production as fast as possible", said the automaker's global operations chief Joe Hinrichs.

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With F-Series inventory of more than 80 days, Ford dealers have not seen a big drop in the number of pickups in stock while production was stopped.

The F-Series accounts for nearly 40% of Ford's unit sales in the USA and has been the top selling vehicle in America for decades.

To get production up as quickly as possible, Ford airlifted an 87,000-pound die to a Meridian plant in the United Kingdom on a Russian-built Antonov An-124 Ruslan, one of the world's largest cargo planes.

When the team removed the die from the Eaton Rapids factory, it was shipped to Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. In between, the Ford team received a United Kingdom import licence for the die - a mere two hours before the plane touched down.

The Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant where the fire broke out also produces parts for other automakers. The company said Wednesday it still expects the production lag to have an "adverse impact of $0.12 to $0.14 per share" on its second quarter earnings, or an estimated $470 million to $550 million.

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