Two months ago, nearly 400 Meridian Magnesium Products of America employees learned that their workplace burned down in a series of explosions.
Meridian Magnesium Products of America, a Ford F-150 supplier, suffered $8 million in damages from fiery explosions but is now ahead of schedule in rebuilding the plant, according to Eaton Rapids officials.
In early May, Meridian Magnesium had laid off 3,600 employees and halted F-150 production in the Kansas City assembly plant. Now, 95 percent of the Meridian Magnesium employees have returned to their jobs in Eaton Rapids. Good news for blue oval, as a loss in F-150 production can hurt second-quarter sales, as well as estimated profits. Which explained the urgency to get production back online as soon as possible.
City Manager Aaron Desentz said Meridian Magnesium has received help from Ford Motor Co. officials during its rebuilding process.
The May 2 fire at Meridian Magnesium Products reportedly originated in an area of the plant where magnesium scraps are loaded onto a conveyor to be melted down, followed by the explosions. Two people were injured, and 150 people were evacuated from the premises. Despite these reports, the official cause of the explosions remains undetermined.