Ford Restarts F-150 Production

Ford Restarts F-150 Production

Ford Restarts F-150 Production

The F-Series accounts for nearly 40% of Ford's unit sales in the US and has been the top selling vehicle in America for decades.

The Dearborn, Mich. -based auto maker said Wednesday it is restarting production of the F-150 pickup at a Dearborn plant on Friday, after it went offline last week.

Production of the Expedition and Navigator SUVs continues without interruption at Louisville, Ford said.

A May 2 fire severely damaged the main plant at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America factory in Eaton Rapids, near Lansing. "The ramp-up time to full production is improving every day".

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In order to move the die, they enlisted the help of one of the largest cargo planes in the world - an Antonov An-124 - and the entire process only took 30 hours door-to-door.

According to a release, work started immediately in the aftermath of the May 2 fire.

"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.

Ford stopped making the big pickup trucks at KTP on May 5 following a fire at a supplier plant in MI. Ford also plans to get Super Duty assembly back up and running on Monday in Louisville, Kentucky. Meridian is Ford's only supplier of the magnesium structure for truck radiators in the United States.

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