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Ford Halts Production of F-Series Pickup Due to Parts Shortage

The fire took place last week at Meridian's 208,000-square-foot plant in Eaton Rapids Mich. near Lansing The fire took place last week at Meridian's 208,000-square-foot plant in Eaton Rapids Mich. near Lansing
Andy Castillo | 11 May, 2018, 04:27

Ford Motor Co. has halted production of F-Series Super Duty pickups at Kentucky Truck Plant in eastern Jefferson County following a fire last week at a plant in MI that makes a component for the trucks. Disastrous effects of this fire was also affected the production of Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes. Mercedes' facilities in Alabama have adjusted hours in response to the supply interruption.

According to CNN Money, Ford still has a roughly an 84-day supply of F-Series trucks in dealer inventories.

"We believe the impact of this will be isolated to the second quarter", Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "It's a full team effort and we're confident that any impacts will be short-term".

More than 7,000 workers were temporarily laid off as a result of the suspensions, according to CNBC.

Officials at Ford confirmed that Meridian is the producer of "front bolster", which reinforces the engine at the point in which the radiator is attached on its F-150, Expedition, Navigator and Super Duty trucks.

Unifor local 200 president John D'Agnolo says the shutdown at Essex plant is only for two days, but it could be longer.

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F-150 trucks are a multibillion dollar enterprise.

The fire was at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2. But the Super Duty will continue to be made at Ford's OH assembly plant in Avon Lake.

While the downtime is relatively significant, the Blue Oval says the overall impact to F-150 sales will be minimal.

"This is an incredibly fluid situation", Felker said. But if the parts shortage continues, inventories of F-150 trucks at dealerships would dwindle. GM has halted production of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans at its Wentzville, Missouri, factory, but continues to build Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups there.

A prolonged issue with parts from Meridian Magnesium, the location of the fire, will crimp the lines at Ford factories in MI and Missouri.

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