Ford F-150: Production to Resume as of Friday

Ford F-150: Production to Resume as of Friday

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.

Ford has announced that production is set to restart at its MI plant on Friday, with the Kentucky facility to follow suit on Monday.

In Kansas City and Dearborn, the company is looking at shortening its traditionally scheduled two-week shutdown period in July to one week so that more F-150s can roll off the line.

The fire damaged the Eaton Rapids, Michigan factory of the Meridian Magnesium group on May 2nd.

The company expects production to be in full force at both plants by the end of the day Monday, a spokesperson confirmed.

Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge and other contractors, worked almost around the clock to get the best selling vehicle in the United States back on line as quickly as possible.

Super Duty F-450 Chassis Cab
Super Duty F-450 Chassis Cab

According to Ford Motor Company, it "marshaled a global team of experts, that included partners and suppliers, following a May 2 quickly refurbish and relocate tooling needed to produce parts for the Ford F-150, Super Duty and five other vehicles - Ford Expedition, Explorer, Flex and Lincoln Navigator and MKT".

The urgency of the situation even compelled the parties involved to have one 87,000-lb die shipped on an Antonov An-124 cargo plane to another Meridian factory... in Nottingham, England! The company also suspended the building of its F-Series Super Duty trucks in Louisville.

Door-to-door delivery, accomplished in only 30 hours, we understand.

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.

Reuters noted the F-150 full-size pickup generated US$41bn in revenue for Ford a year ago, about 28% of total sales and the majority share of its profits.

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