Ford resuming F-150 truck production on Friday after supplier fire

Ford resuming F-150 truck production on Friday after supplier fire

Ford resuming F-150 truck production on Friday after supplier fire

Production of Ford's Super Duty at its Louisville, Ky., truck plant and the F-150 at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant are targeted to resume by Monday.

The F-Series is the best selling vehicle in the United States, so Ford acted quickly to get production back on line.

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The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades and any extended production delays would have had serious consequences for the automaker. The suspended production in Dearborn affected about 4,000 workers. Meridian's plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, suffered extensive damage after an explosion and fire in early May. Meanwhile, the automaker has reaffirmed its guidance for full-year earnings.

Working with Meridian and other suppliers, Ford said it moved 19 dies - used to shape magnesium parts - out of the Eaton Rapids plant in 30 hours.

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Ford stopped making the big pickup trucks at KTP on May 5 following a fire at a supplier plant in MI.

The automaker also flew one die weighing 87,000 pounds (39.5 tonnes) to a Meridian plant in Nottingham, England, after commissioning a giant Russian-built Antonov cargo plane - one of only 21 in the world.

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Despite the quick effort, Ford is still expecting to take a hit from the fire as the company told investors to expect an "adverse impact of $0.12 to $0.14 per share in second quarter due to lost production".

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