Ford is restarting production of the F-150 truck, one of its most lucrative and best-selling vehicles, after it suspended manufacturing following a fire at an auto parts factory earlier this month. By Monday, the company expects to restart production on Super Duty trucks at a plant in Louisville, Ky., and F-150s at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant.
Thankfully, the company has solved the problem and plans to resume production of the F-150 at the Dearborn Truck Plant on Friday.
The F-Series is the best selling vehicle in the United States, so Ford acted quickly to get production back on line.
Production of the Expedition and Navigator SUVs continues without interruption at Louisville, Ford said.
In a media briefing on Wednesday, Ford executives said the May 2 fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, affected several automakers, but its team was the first to enter the fire-damaged plant "while it was still smoldering". "Thanks to their heroic efforts, we are resuming production of some of our most important vehicles ahead of our original targets". The plant makes structural parts with about one-third going to Ford.
Ford says under normal circumstances, moving tooling the size of a bolster die would take approximately 10 days just to get the proper import and export approvals. Production of the F-150 halted following a fire at parts supplier Meridian Magnesium Products.