Ford Motor Company Shuts F-150 Truck Production After Parts Supplier Fire


Ford Motor Co. has halted production of F-Series Super Duty pickups at Kentucky Truck Plant in eastern Jefferson County following a fire last week at a plant in MI that makes a component for the trucks.

Ford believes the impact of the disruption will be short-term, although it could hurt its quarterly earnings.

But because of the parts interruption, Ford has suspended production of the F-150 and F-Series Super Duty truck at its Louisville, Kentucky plant.

Ford says that dealers have enough inventory of the F-series trucks to prevent a near term shortage. The shortage is affecting multiple Ford plants, including the one in Claycomo.

Those unique metal components are provided by Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, but on May 2nd, Meridian's facility caught fire.

Meridian Magnesium Products, is the world's largest producer of magnesium magnesium die-cast automotive components, according to the company website.

The production hiccup is the latest headache for CEO Jim Hackett, who has faced pressure from Wall Street analysts looking for more details about Ford's transformation plans.

Repercussions are starting to be felt on Windsor-Essex production lines from last week's fire at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Lansing, Michigan. But if the parts shortage continues, inventories of F-150 trucks at dealerships would dwindle.

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The Meridian plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, also supplies other automakers, but it's not clear yet how wide the impact will be.

The carmaker already halted production at its plant in Kansas City.

The cease in production, which spans multiple plants and Ford vehicles, stems from a fire at one of the company's suppliers last week.

At GM's Wentzville, Missouri, factory, the company has been forced to cut production of the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express big vans.

Buyers of Ford pickups also tend to be a loyal bunch, so the carmaker could also see sales pushed forward a month or two.

An executive with Ford acknowledged on Wednesday that the entire supply chain must be rebuilt.

"Customers won't have any trouble finding the F-Series".