Ford F-150 production will officially resume on Friday

Laverne Mann
May 17, 2018

Ford Motor Co.is resuming production of its F-150 pickup following a fire at a plant near Lansing where parts for the vehicle are made. On Monday, its Kansas City and F-Series Super Duty truck production in Louisville, Kentucky, will go back online.

Meridian's plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, suffered extensive damage after an explosion and fire in early May.

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 America's best-selling vehicle franchise back on line as quickly as possible, according to a release.

Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) said that production of its Chrysler Pacifica SUV at its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, was still impacted as of Wednesday.

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Ford workers load an 87,000 lb die for cast magnesium parts on an Antonov An-124 cargo plane in Columbus, Ohio, for shipment to the U.K.so the automaker could resume F-150 production.

The F-Series accounts for nearly 40% of Ford's unit sales in the USA and has been the top selling vehicle in America for decades. Between export approvals, shipping logistics, and actual transportation, such a die shipment typically takes about 10 days. The Eaton Rapids plant is producing truck parts again.

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

"Faced with unexpected adversity, the Ford team, including our global supply partners, showed unbelievable resiliency, turning a devastating event into a shining example of teamwork", said Ford's executive VP of product development and purchasing. Meanwhile, the automaker has reaffirmed its guidance for full-year earnings.

Ford told the news agency at a U.S. press briefing it expected an adverse impact of 12 to 14 cents per share on Q2 earnings but affirmed its full-year guidance, saying it believed it could make up most of the lost production.

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