Ford Restarts F-150 Production

Galtero Lara
May 17, 2018

The Dearborn, Mich. -based auto maker said Wednesday it is restarting production of the F-150 pickup at a Dearborn plant on Friday, after it went offline last week.

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.

This allowed Ford and Meridian to safely retrieve and relocate tools to more quickly resume part production and work to minimize the financial impact of the stalled plants. The company's second quarter earnings will be cut by an estimated 12 to 14 cents per share, he added.

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Ford shut down the F-150 line at the Kansas City assembly plant due to a parts shortage. Production of the F-150 halted following a fire at parts supplier Meridian Magnesium Products. Reflecting the urgency to restart production, one 87,000-pound die was loaded into an Antonov An-124 cargo plane and shipped to another Meridian site in Nottingham, UK, in just 30 hours door-to-door.

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

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