Three Ford truck plants shut down by supplier fire

Three Ford truck plants shut down by supplier fire

F-150 production halted in Kansas City, Dearborn; Super Duty lines down in Kentucky.

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Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has shut down two plants that make F-150 pickups and a plant that produces F-Series Super Duty trucks as it works to find new supplies of die-cast magnesium parts following a fire at a supplier facility.

Last week, fire destroyed much of Meridian Lightweight Technologies Eaton, Michigan, plant, reducing supplies of critical parts for Ford’s lightweight pickups.

The F-150 plant in Kansas City, Missouri, closed Tuesday, and Ford officials said they expected the Dearborn, Michigan, truck plant to close late Wednesday. Also closing Wednesday was Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant, the primary manufacturing locations for Super Duty trucks.

Production is set to continue at the Ohio Assembly Plant where Ford makes F-650 and F-750 vehicles. The larger commercial trucks are typically chassis-cab combinations, sold without extensive body work.

“This is a fluid situation, but we are working closely with our supplier and UAW partners to do everything we can to limit the impact on our production,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Operations. “It’s a full team effort and we’re confident that any impacts will be short term.”

He added that Ford has strong inventories of trucks on dealer lots, so the plant shutdown shouldn’t hurt sales in the short term.

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