Ford to resume F-150 production after supply plant fire

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The company has also successfully repaired the supply chain for Super Duty, with production targeted to restart by Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant as well as the Kansas City Assembly Plant that also makes F-150 pickups.

The teams removed 19 dies from Meridian's badly damaged facility, and in one case, moved an 87,000-pound die from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov cargo plane.

Returning to full production is likely to take some time as the automaker has scrambled to re-establish manufacturing of critical components from a supplier.

Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge and other contractors, worked almost non-stop to get the plants back online.

"The situation is still changing hour by hour and we could still encounter some obstacles, but I'm confident the team will continue to charge ahead and find ways to deliver", Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said on a conference call with reporters.

Ford stopped making the big pickup trucks at KTP on May 5 following a fire at a supplier plant in MI.

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The F-Series accounts for nearly 40% of Ford's unit sales in the US and has been the top selling vehicle in America for decades. The company also suspended the building of its F-Series Super Duty trucks in Louisville.

Ford says under normal circumstances, moving tooling the size of a bolster die would take approximately 10 days just to get the proper import and export approvals.

Door-to-door delivery, accomplished in only 30 hours, we understand.

Almost 4,000 miles away, a team in Nottingham was waiting to receive the die and take it to Meridian's nearby factory. In between, the Ford team received a United Kingdom import license for the die - a mere two hours before the plane touched down. The Eaton Rapids plant is producing truck parts again.

Ford has said its financial results for the second quarter will take a hit, though the exact cost remains to be seen. Ford backed its full-year earnings guidance of $1.45 to $1.70 per share.