Ford F-150 production will officially resume on Friday

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 17, 2018

Ford said Wednesday it will resume production of its popular F-Series pickup trucks after a fire at a parts supplier forced the automaker to bring its assembly lines to a halt. Ford teamed up with suppliers, including Walbridge and other contractors to work almost around the clock to resume production.

The fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids occurred May 2 and Ford officials said it had people on-site that day, helping to clear debris and preparing to remove tooling needed to resume part production.

Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge and other contractors, worked almost around the clock to get America's best-selling vehicle franchise back on line as quickly as possible, according to a release.

The company said it expected an adverse impact of 12 to 14 cents per share on second-quarter earnings, but affirmed its full-year guidance, saying it believed it could make up most of the lost production. A die is a tool used to cut or shape material using a press.

"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. 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.

When the team removed the die from the Eaton Rapids factory, it was shipped to Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio.

Teams from Ford and several suppliers scrambled to recover 19 dies from the damaged facility.

Inventories of Ford's best-selling F-Series pickups and other vehicles remain strong and customers won't have a problem finding the model they want.

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