Ford F-150 production will officially resume on Friday

Daniel Fowler
May 17, 2018

Ford Motor Co.is resuming production of F-150 and Super Duty trucks ahead of schedule at three assembly plants after a fire earlier this month at one of its supplier's facilities created a parts shortage. 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.

A May 2 fire severely damaged the main plant at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America factory in Eaton Rapids, near Lansing.

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.

"While the situation remains extremely dynamic, our teams are focused on returning our plants to full production as fast as possible", said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, Global Operations.

Former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer reportedly hired as head coach
Budenholzer won his coach of the year award after a 60-victory regular season and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016. ESPN is reporting that Mike Budenholzer has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks .

The F-Series is the best selling vehicle in the United States, so Ford acted quickly to get production back on line.

The automaker also flew one die weighing 87,000 pounds (39.5 tonnes) to a Meridian plant in Nottingham, England, after commissioning a giant Russian-built Antonov cargo plane - one of only 21 in the world. The plant makes structural parts with about one-third going to Ford. However, Ford and its suppliers managed to cut the total time for the entire move to 30 hours, including trans-Atlantic flight time.

FBN's Jeff Flock on Ford halting production of the F-150 truck.

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.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER