After pausing production of the Ford F-150 last week, Ford has announced that production will resume this Friday at its Dearborn Truck Plant. Production of the F-150 halted following a fire at parts supplier Meridian Magnesium Products. Production of the F-Series Super Duty will fully resume on Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant and the Kansas City Assembly Plant.
The F-Series is the best selling vehicle in the United States, so Ford acted quickly to get production back on line. Ford teamed up with suppliers, including Walbridge and other contractors to work nearly around the clock to resume production. The teams removed 19 dies from Meridian’s badly damaged facility, and in one case, moved an 87,000-pound die from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov cargo plane.
“Faced with unexpected adversity, the Ford team, including our global supply partners, showed unbelievable resiliency, turning a devastating event into a shining example of teamwork,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “Thanks to their heroic efforts, we are resuming production of some of our most important vehicles ahead of our original targets.”