Ford Halts Production For Some Trucks After Parts Maker Catches Fire
Ford Halts Production For Some Trucks After Parts Maker Catches Fire
The fire took place last week at Meridian's 208,000-square-foot plant in Eaton Rapids Mich. near Lansing
11 May, 2018, 04:29
Earlier in the week, Ford stopped making F-150s at a Kansas City plant because it didn't have the parts to build the trucks due to the same fire. Dearborn is the primary assembly plant for F-150 production and employs around 4,000 workers. Super Duty production continues in OH, along with Econoline commercial vans. An analyst calculated recently that the value of the F-Series truck is greater than of Ford overall.
Ford has not given a specific timeframe for the shutdown.
With the Eaton Rapids supplier offline, Ford has suspended F-150 production at its Kansas City, MO Assembly Plant and Dearborn Truck Plant, along with Ford F-Series Super Duty production at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.
Production of the Explorer, Flex, MKT, Expedition and Navigator is not expected to be halted, Ford said.
There is now a decision pending regarding whether the Dearborn, Michigan Truck Plant will shut down as well. The part is made of magnesium, which is a light metal, adding little weight to the vehicle helping with its fuel efficiency. The plant manufactures the front structure that holds the radiator. Ford said it relies on less than one-third of the parts output produced at the Meridian plant. "We're confident that any impacts will be short term".
"Customers won't have a problem finding the model they want", he said. It was about 900,000 were sold in 2017 at an average cost of $46,700.
The Drive reached out to a spokesperson from Ford to inquire about how this incident will impact the production of the F-Series pickups in the near future. Two workers were injured in the fire and about 150 were evacuated from the site.
"Thanks to the work that we're doing with suppliers, our manufacturing engineering teams, as well as the people in our plants, we expect any impacts to be short-term", said Robert Shanks, Ford's CFO. According to the company, at some point we will have an interruption in production.
In its first-quarter sales release, Ford said it had an 82-day supply of trucks - 313,600 units - at the end of April. Even with heavy demand, the production stoppage would likely have to last for multiple weeks to dent those numbers.
Ford suspended all its production of its F-150 pickup, the bestselling vehicle in the nation for over 35 years, due to a parts shortage.
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