Ford Suspends F-150 Production After Fire At Supplier

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Ford already has shut its F-150 plant in Kansas City, Missouri, and halted production of its Super Duty trucks in OH and Kentucky.

On May 2nd, a fire and a series of explosions heavily damaged a production facility owned by Meridian Magnesium Products of America, one of Ford's suppliers. It happened Wednesday, May 2 and created a shortage of die-cast parts.

The automaker has two plants that build its F-150 pickup truck, and both are shutdown due to a parts shortage caused by that fire.

As of late Wednesday, Ford announced that its Dearborn Truck Plant is going to be shut down following the second shift of the day and will affect 4,000 workers.

The F-150 is Ford's bestselling vehicle, but they may have to temporarily shut down production. "The F-150 is its largest volume product, it produces the most profits for Ford, it is the bread and butter of Ford, so it's a critical product in the Ford line", says Krebs.

"This is a fluid situation, but we are working closely with our supplier partners to do everything we can to limit the impact on our production", Hinrichs said with the initial announcement.

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Unifor local 200 president John D'Agnolo says the shutdown at Essex plant is only for two days, but it could be longer. Since there trucks don't have the same production volume as the more popular consumer models including the F-150, F-250 and F-350, the OH plant will be able to go the longest on the inventory of parts on hand. Instead, they'll make more of an older minivan as the company works with Meridian to get more Pacifica parts.

A fire last week at the Meridian Lightweight Technologies plant in MI has led to parts shortages at a number of carmakers' plants and dealers in the US.

A number of carmakers have since reported taking action to cope with parts shortages.

A company spokesperson said he doesn't know when production will begin again.

Earlier this week, the United Auto Workers union warned workers who assemble the F-150 at the Dearborn truck plant that production could be stopped later this week. "... We are working really, really hard with the supplier to get it resolved as quickly as possible". Super Duty production continues in OH, along with Econoline commercial vans.

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