Ford Restarting F-150 Production on Friday

  • Ford Restarting F-150 Production on Friday

Ford Restarting F-150 Production on Friday

The No. 2 USA automaker also said F-150 production would resume at its Kansas City, Missouri, plant on Monday, as would assembly of its Super Duty F-Series pickup trucks at a Ford plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

Production resumes ahead of internal projections. Production will first resume at its Dearborn, Michigan, facility on Friday. "The ramp-up time to full production is improving every day".

Ford has said its financial results for the second quarter will take a hit, though the exact cost remains to be seen.

Ford shut down the F-150 line at the Kansas City assembly plant due to a parts shortage.

According to Ford Motor Company, it "marshaled a global team of experts, that included partners and suppliers, following a May 2 quickly refurbish and relocate tooling needed to produce parts for the Ford F-150, Super Duty and five other vehicles - Ford Expedition, Explorer, Flex and Lincoln Navigator and MKT". Reflecting the urgency to restart production, one 87,000-pound die was loaded into an Antonov An-124 cargo plane and shipped to another Meridian site in Nottingham, UK, in just 30 hours door-to-door.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, Global Operations, said the resumption of F-150 production was quicker than expected.

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