Ford to Resume F-150, Super Duty Vehicle Production Within Days


This allowed Ford and Meridian to safely retrieve and relocate tools to more quickly resume part production and work to minimize the financial impact of the stalled plants.

Ford Motor Company is restarting production of the popular F-150 at Dearborn Truck Plant Friday after just over one week of downtime.

As a result, Ford will soon have enough magnesium chassis components to begin building trucks, so the Motor Company has announced that F-150 production will begin tomorrow (May 18th) at the Dearborn Truck Plant and Super Duty production will start back up on Monday (May 21st) in Kentucky and Ohio.

The May 2 inferno at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, forced Ford to halt production of America's best-selling nameplate amid growing demand.

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 had an 84-day supply of F-series pickups at the beginning of May, and Hinrichs has said the incident will have no negative impact on sales.

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The machine was first shipped from MI to an airport in Columbus, Ohio, where it was loaded onto a Russian Antonov AN-124, one most powerful cargo planes in the world, and flown to the United Kingdom on May 8.

So before the embers were even fully out in Eaton Rapids, "teams removed and remediated safety concerns - including dangling siding - and restored electricity, gaining approval to access the site while debris still smoldered inside", Ford reported.

Almost 4,000 miles away, a team in Nottingham was waiting to receive the die and take it to Meridian's nearby factory.

That work stopped after a fire at a parts supplier on May 2.

Ultimately, Ford said it expects to lose $0.12-$0.14 per share in the second quarter this year due to the truck production shutdown, but reaffirmed earnings-per-share guidance for 2018 from $1.45-$1.70. Now officials say because of quick action after that early fire, they can now restart production.