Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Ford to resume F-150 production after MI supplier fire

Ford to resume F-150 production after MI supplier fire

Production of Ford's Super Duty at its Louisville, Kentucky, truck plant and the F-150 at its Kansas City, Missouri, assembly plant are targeted to resume by Monday.

Returning to full production is likely to take some time as the automaker has scrambled to re-establish manufacturing of critical components from a supplier. "Thanks to their heroic efforts, we are resuming production of some of our most important vehicles ahead of our original targets".

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Crews removed 19 dies from Meridian's badly damaged facility, and in one case, moved an 87,000-pound die from Eaton Rapids to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov cargo plane - one of the largest in the world - in 30 hours door-to-door, Ford said.

Ford announced Wednesday that production of the F-150 would resume Friday at its Dearborn, Mich. plant now that the Easton Rapids facility is back in operation. The company also suspended the building of its F-Series Super Duty trucks in Louisville.

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The production hiccup will cost Ford 12 cents to 14 cents per share in the second quarter.

All-new Ford 2015 F-150 pickup trucks move down the final inspection line at the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan, November 11, 2014. Meanwhile, the automaker has reaffirmed its guidance for full-year earnings. Ford expects to make up the lost inventory in future months by running extra shifts.

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