Ford to resume F-150 production after supply plant fire

Ford suspended production of the F-150 at its plant in Dearborn Michigan on Wednesday night. It had already suspended truck production at a plant just outside Kansas City Missouri. Those are the only plants that make the truck

Ford (NYSE:F) says it is resuming production of F-150 pickup trucks ahead of schedule, after a fire at a magnesium parts supplier forced assembly lines to shut down last week.

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

The automaker says work will restart Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant in MI. "The ramp-up time to full production is improving every day".

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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. Ford said it would eliminate all but two auto models in the US where sales of sedans have been falling across the entire industry as crossover, SUV, and pick-up sales boom.

The plant, which employs about 8,100 hourly workers in all, has continued to make Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. A die is a tool used to cut or shape material using a press. Ford also plans to get Super Duty assembly back up and running on Monday in Louisville, Kentucky. Reflecting the urgency to restart production, one 87,000-pound die was loaded into an Antonov An-124 cargo plane and shipped to another Meridian site in Nottingham, UK, in just 30 hours door-to-door.

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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