Ford to Resume F-150, Super Duty Vehicle Production Within Days

Ford to restart F-150 production Friday

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Production of the Super Duty is expected to resume Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant, which also makes F-150 pickups, Ford announced.

The F-150 full-size pickup is the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

After pausing production of the Ford F-150 last week, Ford has announced that production will resume this Friday at its Dearborn Truck Plant.

The fire on May 2 at Meridian Lightweight Technologies' facility in Easton Rapids, Mich. shut down the assembly line, creating a parts shortage for F-150 and Super Duty trucks.

The plant, which employs about 8,100 hourly workers in all, has continued to make Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. This quick reaction time enabled the company to recover, fix and validate most of the dies that were at the Eaton Rapids facility.

The automaker also flew one die weighing 87,000 pounds to a Meridian plant in Nottingham, England, after commissioning a giant Russian-built Antonov cargo plane, one of only 21 in the world.

The fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Michigan meant that Ford couldn't get front-end bolsters for the Super Duty.

Ford expects lost production of the F-Series will hurt Q2 EPS by $0.12-$0.14 but reaffirms its previous FY 2018 adjusted EPS guidance range of $1.45-$1.70.

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