Ford Motor suspends F-150 production

11 May, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Natasha Holloway
  • General Motors shut down production of its full-size van in Wentzville Missouri due to the Meridian fire

The F-series pickups have been the best selling vehicle in America for more than 30 years, and account for roughly a third of Ford's U.S. sales.

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

Other auto manufacturers are also affected, including Mercedes, BMW, and General Motors. The Associated Press reports that Ford has an 84-day supply of trucks at its dealerships. "We're confident that any impacts will be short term".

About 4,000 employees in Dearborn and 3,600 employees in Kansas City have been laid off temporarily as a result.

"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.

The company has not said when the two plants will resume production.

The company said it still has an ample selection of trucks at USA dealerships.

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The fire, which took place at Meridian Lightweight Technologies' facility in Easton Rapids, Mich., compromised a number of critical components for the production of the F-150. An analyst calculated recently that the value of the F-Series truck is greater than of Ford overall.

As production is hobbled, Ford could face a shortage for its best-selling and most profitable truck.

The Drive reached out to a spokesperson from Ford to inquire about how this incident will impact the production of the F-Series pickups in the near future.

Ford has not given a specific timeframe for the shutdown.

"This is an incredibly fluid situation", Felker said.

Ford Motor suspends F-150 production, and this news came in air on Wednesday evening.

The F-150 is built only at the two sites, and there is no scheduled date for the reopening the Kansas City Plant. Ford is not the only company affected, as Meridian also supplies components to FCA and General Motors, but so far, neither of those companies have issued a statement on how this impacts their production plans.

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