Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Ford to resume F-150, Super Duty production

Ford to resume F-150, Super Duty production

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.

The No. 2 USA automaker also said production would resume on Monday at a second F-150 plant in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as its F-series Super Duty truck plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

The company announced that F-150 production in Dearborn, Michigan, will restart on Friday, while production in Kansas City, Missouri, is expected to resume on Monday.

"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", Ford says. Working with suppliers and contractors, the company removed 19 dies from Meridian Magnesium Products.

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The automaker also flew one die weighing 87,000 pounds to a Meridian plant in Nottingham, England, after commissioning a giant Russian-built Antonov cargo plane, one of only 21 in the world.

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Despite the quick effort, Ford is still expecting to take a hit from the fire as the company told investors to expect an "adverse impact of $0.12 to $0.14 per share in second quarter due to lost production".

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