Ford Is Resuming F-150 Pickup Production Following Supplier's Fire

Lloyd Doyle
May 17, 2018

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 No. 2 USA automaker also said F-150 production would resume at its Kansas City, Missouri, plant on Monday, as would assembly of its Super Duty F-Series pickup trucks at a Ford plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ford said in a press release Wednesday that it would resume production of the truck at the Dearborn plant on Friday and at the Missouri plant on Monday, May 21.

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. Reflecting the urgency to restart production, one 87,000-pound die was loaded into an Antonov An-124 cargo plane and shipped to another Meridian site in Nottingham, UK, in just 30 hours door-to-door.

"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.

Ford is restarting the F-150 and Super Duty production ahead of schedule.

A team in Nottingham was waiting to receive the die and take it to Meridian's nearby factory.

"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.

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