Ford could restart truck assembly at Missouri, Michigan plants on May 18

Lloyd Doyle
May 12, 2018

All-new Ford 2015 F-150 pickup trucks move down the final inspection line at the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., on November 11, 2014.

The fire was at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2. The company is working with Meridian and other suppliers to minimize the disruption.

Ford executives earlier this week said the company's quarterly earnings could be affected by shutdowns at the three truck plants, but affirmed its full-year earnings estimate. That includes some larger trucks than the F-150, although the F-150 makes up the overwhelming majority of those sales.

Meridian could not be reached for comment.

The Detroit Free Pressreports the truck side of Ford's Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant shut down this week because of the parts shortage, idling about 3,600 workers, with no date set for reopening it. Ford is mulling whether to shut down the Dearborn Truck Plant in MI, which employs 4,000 workers.

A fire that damaged a MI auto parts supply factory is causing production problems at Ford, Fiat Chrysler, BMW and General Motors, but it's too soon to tell yet whether dealers will run short of vehicles.

It's also disrupted production at several other North American automotive plants.

The F-Series pickups are the best-selling vehicle in the United States and generate most of Ford's profits. The vehicle generated $41 billion in revenue previous year, about 28 percent of total sales and the lion's share of its profits.

Hinrichs said it would be at least several days and perhaps longer before alternate sites will produce the affected parts.

The automaker halted production at the Dearborn location on Wednesday, after temporarily closing the location in Missouri.

Ford has about an 84-day supply of the F-Series truck in dealers' inventories, so the company never expected a shortage that would impact clients or dealerships. He said Ford should be able to make up the lost production later in the year by running overtime.

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