Ford Restarts F150 Truck Series Production After Fire

Ford Restarts F150 Truck Series Production After Fire

Ford Motor Co. will resume building its biggest moneymaker, the F-150 pickup, two weeks after a fire at a supplier's factory halted production of trucks at three plants.

The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades and any extended production delays would have had serious consequences for the automaker. 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. Ford teamed up with suppliers, including Walbridge and other contractors to work almost around the clock to resume production.

After pausing production of the Ford F-150 last week, Ford has announced that production will resume this Friday at its Dearborn Truck Plant.

While production of the F-150 was down for a week, Ford says they started working immediately after the fire.

In a media briefing on Wednesday, Ford executives said the May 2 fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, affected several automakers, but its team was the first to enter the fire-damaged plant "while it was still smoldering". Meanwhile, the automaker has reaffirmed its guidance for full-year earnings. Ford notes this wasn't an easy task as one die weighed 87,000 pounds (39,462 kg) and need to be moved to the United Kingdom.