Ford F-150 2018’s production stops after a fire at supplier

Updated Oct 05, 2020 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

Ford expects that the Ford F-150 2018’s production will continue at the Ohio Assembly plant located in Avon Lake.

At the second shift at Dearborn (Michigan) Truck Plant of Ford tonight, all production will be halted for the top-selling pickup truck - Ford F-150 2018. The production shutdown occurred after a fire at Meridian Magnesium Products located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2nd. The plant manufactures die-cast parts for the pickup truck. Besides, according to the latest car news, the production of the F-150 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri of Ford has already blocked.

Ford F-150 2018 angular front

At the second shift at Dearborn (Michigan) Truck Plant of Ford tonight, all production will be halted for the Ford F-150 2018

The lack of parts also affected the production of the Ford F-Series pickup trucks produced at the Kentucky Truck Factory. However, the Blue Oval hopes that the production will continue at the Ohio Assembly plant located in Avon Lake.

In the statement of the Ford F-150 2018 suspension of production, the automaker did not mention when the production at one of the two plants would continue. The company informed that it was working with its facility providers to overcome the shortage of parts.

Ford F-150 2018 side view

Ford did not mention when the production at one of the two plants would continue

According to Ms. Kelli Felker - Ford spokeswoman, there are around 3,600 employees in Kansas City and 4,000 workers in Dearborn are affected by the stoppage.

The flames, then a series of explosions happening at Meridian Magnesium Products are still being investigated. The incident made almost 150 people have to evacuate from the building. Luckily, there were only 2 injuries. Production of Ford takes less than 1/3 of the output’s volume from the plant.

Ford F-150 2018 front view

There are around 3,600 employees in Kansas City and 4,000 workers in Dearborn are affected by the stoppage

Last month, Ford produced 29,572 units of trucks in Kansas City and a total of 31,482 units at its Dearborn factory.

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