Ford Motor Company will resume production of F-150 pickup trucks Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant after more than a week of down time due to a fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products facility in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. They are expected to run full production when they return, officials said. Ford teamed up with suppliers, including Walbridge and other contractors to work almost around the clock to resume production.
The No. 2 US automaker also said F-150 production would resume at its Kansas City, Missouri, plant on Monday, as would assembly of its Super Duty F-Series pickup trucks at a Ford plant in Louisville, Kentucky. The company's second quarter earnings will be cut by an estimated 12 to 14 cents per share, he added.
"While the situation remains extremely dynamic, our teams are focused on returning our plants to full production as fast as possible", Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said in the statement. Reflecting the urgency to restart production, one 87,000-pound die was loaded into an Antonov An-124 cargo plane and shipped to another Meridian site in Nottingham, UK, in just 30 hours door-to-door. By Monday, the company expects to restart production on Super Duty trucks at a plant in Louisville, Ky., and F-150s at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant.