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Ford F-150 Production Could Resume This Friday, Report Says

Production of the Ford F-150 pickup truck, which was halted at the automaker’s Dearborn Truck and Kansas City Assembly plants after supplier Meridian Magnesium Products experienced a plant fire, could resume as soon as this Friday, sources have told Automotive News. Both Ford F-150 production sites were shuttered last week, prompting the temporary layoff of nearly 8,000 workers.

Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, which builds the F-Series Super Duty, was also shut down due to the Meridian plant fire. It will remain closed indefinitely, Automotive News reports.

Ford executives concede that the temporary production shutdowns could affect second-quarter earnings, but they are so far standing by their yearly earnings projections. The automaker said last week it would work with Meridian to source parts for Ford F-150 and Super Duty production from other suppliers while the Eaton Rapids manufacturing plant is repaired.

The Ford F-150 is crucially important to the automaker’s North American operations. In March of this year, the F-Series lineup experienced its eleventh straight month of US sales gains, enjoying its best March sales since 2000. It accounted for nearly 36 percent of the automaker’s total US sales.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. John M McCall

    I ordered a 2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch on Oct 4, 2021. I have had two Emails from Ford acknowledging my order and letting my know that my 2021 order has been changed to a 2022 F150. No truck yet. Will my next Email be a congratulations Email that my 2022 is now going to be a 2023, delivered in ?.


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