Ford resuming production of lucrative F-Series trucks on Friday

Ford to resume some F-150 production Friday more plants online Monday

Ford Motor Co.is resuming production of F-150 and Super Duty trucks ahead of schedule at three assembly plants after a fire earlier this month at one of its supplier's facilities created a parts shortage. Ford also plans to get Super Duty assembly back up and running on Monday in Louisville, Kentucky.

A fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Michigan caused ripple effects throughout the automotive industry and one of the hardest hit companies was Ford which had to temporarily cease production of the popular F-150.

Dearborn-based Ford put together a team that refurbished and relocated tooling needed to make parts for the vehicles.

"While the situation remains extremely dynamic, our teams are focused on returning our plants to full production as fast as possible", said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, Global Operations.

The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades and any extended production delays would have had serious consequences for the automaker.

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. Meridian is Ford's only supplier of the magnesium structure for truck radiators in the United States.

Ford executives declined to say how many vehicles were not produced as a result of the idling, though they said customers should have no problems finding trucks in dealership lots.

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