Ford to restart F-150 production Friday

Ford to resume F-150 production Friday at Dearborn Truck Plant

Ford has announced plans to resume F-150 production in MI on Friday and Kentucky on Monday, minimizing downtime after a fire severely damaged a supplier's magnesium parts factory. Meridian's plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, suffered extensive damage after an explosion and fire in early May.

"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.

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", the company said in a statement.

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. A die is a tool used to cut or shape material using a press.

"When our team entered the Meridian facility it was still smoldering", said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. "Thanks to their heroic efforts, we are resuming production of some of our most important vehicles ahead of our original targets".

On Monday, its Kansas City and F-Series Super Duty truck production in Louisville, Kentucky, will go back online.

With F-Series inventory of more than 80 days, Ford dealers have not seen a big drop in the number of pickups in stock while production was stopped.

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