Ford Halts Production at Three Pickup Plants Due to Supplier Fire

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Ford's F-150-producing Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri and Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan have shut down their production lines because of a fire and resulting explosion at a parts supplier plant.

Ford first stopped production at the Kansas City plant due to a May 2 fire at the Meridian Lightweight Technologies facility that produces die-cast radiator components. Ford now has halted the Dearborn plant as well as the Kentucky Truck Plant, which produces the Ford Super Duty. Super Duty production at the Ohio Assembly Plant will not be disrupted.

Ford says it is working to mitigate the supply-chain disruption by working with other suppliers. No timeline was given for when the plants will restart production. Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, it could impact the supply of pickup trucks to dealerships and Ford's year-end profits.

Ford issued this statement regarding the plant shutdowns and their impact:

"Ford is working with suppliers to restore full production at its F-150 plants as soon as possible, after one of the company's suppliers caught fire last week and created a shortage of die-cast parts. We have strong inventories of our best-selling F-Series pickups and other vehicles, and customers will be able to find the models they want. Currently, F-150 production has been suspended at Ford's Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant and was suspended at the Dearborn (Mich.) Truck Plant Wednesday night.

"Ford F-Series Super Duty production is down at Kentucky Truck Plan in Louisville. Ford expects Super Duty production to continue at Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake.

"This effort represents Ford at its best. Thanks to the work we're doing with suppliers, our manufacturing and engineering teams as well as the people in our plants, we are confident that any impacts will be short-term. While the production shortage is expected to have an adverse impact on the company's near term results, the company's guidance of delivering an adjusted [earnings per share] in the range of $1.45 to $1.70 for the full year is unchanged."

Although many outlets mistakenly identify the Ford F-150 as Ford's top seller, selling as many as 900,000 vehicles annually, we would note that number often is for total F-Series pickups, which includes the F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550. The total number of F-150s produced this year is likely to be closer to 550,000 units - still a hugely important product for Ford, considering average transaction prices are calculated to be more than $46,700.

According to USA Today, as many as three-quarters of the Ford F-Series pickups could be affected. Additionally, Ford is reporting it has approximately an 84-day supply of pickups for dealerships.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

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Comments

@ bailout

Lol....good find. Keep defending but your Fords are known for FIRES!!! I mean look at the headline of this article...they can't even get it out of their production line! Lol! But way to find an article...lol

Hate to tell ya GM guys but they might be next in line with ford the same company made the same parts for GM too so yaaa....

Hate to tell ya GM guys but they might be next in line with ford the same company made the same parts for GM too so yaaa....


Posted by: Darklore | May 14, 2018 8:34:02 AM

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They do not make the same parts for GM. Thank God.

They make a part for the express vans, and that production facility also produces Colorado/Canyon vehicles. That building will not be idled.

Ford, GM, FCA all use the same parts supplier, WTH are y'all talkin 'bout.

@ TNT

“ I mean look at the headline of this article...they can't even get it out of their production line! Lol! But way to find an article...lol “
Your comprehension skills are atrocious. This fire was at a parts supplier, not their production line. Nice attempt at fake news. A parts supplier GM and FCA also use.

“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, General Motors Co., BMW and Mercedes-Benz also have halted or adjusted production on some vehicles in the U.S. and Canada as a result of the May 2 explosion and fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids. “

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.detroitnews.com/amp/34718903

Wow! Is the word fire in it....that's what I'm getting at....comprehension... Please, u obviously are stretching for defending your brand!!

You’re the stretching.

Making it sound like it was Ford production line fire.

You are pathetic.

Pathetic? Look in mirror! I'm not one worried about a recall every week or my truck starting on fire!

Who said anything about being worried about what you claim?

Once again, you’re making things up.

You definitely are pathetic

Again look into mirror...ford#fires!

At least my mirror won’t break like yours from being a whiny little beotch

And yes that’s my birth name.

No more pseudonyms

@ Jason

U just complained about me insulting on the other topic, yet, u just did it.....ford guys....now that's laughable....u forget as soon as u post....lmfao

Pathetic? Look in mirror! I'm not one worried about a recall every week or my truck starting on fire!


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 14, 2018 12:59:10 PM

Extremely pathetic deluxe.........lol

Just saw on CNN that Chevy will report monthly sales for May.

Just saw on CNN that Chevy will report monthly sales for May.
Posted by: 2.7EcoBoostRoost | May 14, 2018 9:43:41 PM

There is no business called "Chevy". There isn't a "Chevy" headquarters. There are no plants dedicated to just building Chevy vehicles. There are no "Chevy" engines. GM sells vehicles with Chevy logos on the. GM builds Chevy trucks alongside GMC trucks in GM Assembly plants in Michigan and Indiana. They have GM frames, GM engines, etc. Or did you mean to claim that GM will have a report for May sales.

This wasn't even Ford's doing/fault and they will still have the number 1 selling model truck for the year.

GM and Chrysler cant stand on their own 2 feet unless propped up by the US Gov or a foreign company.

It ALL goes back to who went BUST and who didn't and the 1 company that didn't is better than the 2 that did because it didn't.

Just saw on CNN that Chevy will report monthly sales for May.
Posted by: 2.7EcoBoostRoost | May 14, 2018

@2.7 ecoboost

CNN---You actually WATCH that disgusting network? Where are you from dude?

Either way, when I bought my F-150 at the end of March, I didn't even consider a full size GM truck.

I considered a Colorado or Canyon diesel 4x4 longbed crew, but the one I found at a dealership near St. Louis was too worried about their $199 fee, on top of thec35K I said I would give them for their 42,001 MSRP truck.

So I bought an F-150, got about 11K off of almost 49K MSRP.

So I bought an F-150, got about 11K off of almost 49K MSRP.
Posted by: TRX-4 Tom | May 15, 2018

You told us a lot about the truck you did NOT buy, why not tell us about the one you DID buy.

Getting 20 percent off a 2018 F150 only a few months before the next model year comes out might be false economy. Ford is dumping a lot of cash on the F150s because RAM and GM are bringing out new half ton trucks, and Ford's only new product on the horizon is the Ranger.

Before pulling the trigger on the Ford, did you shop area dealers to see what they're asking for a similarly equipped used 2018?



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