Offbeat Ford to resume production of popular F-Series pickups

23:46  16 may  2018
23:46  16 may  2018 Source:   cnbc.com

Ford is scrambling to limit the impact of stopping F-Series production

  Ford is scrambling to limit the impact of stopping F-Series production Ford is facing the daunting prospect of seeing a major drop in the supply of its best selling and most profitable vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck. Final assembly of the F-150 is crippled by the lack of critical components after a fire knocked out production at a supplier's plant in Michigan.Tuesday afternoon the United Automobile Workers union alerted members who build the F-150 at the Dearborn Truck Plant that production could be stopped later this week. "The company doesn't know when or for how long we will be down," wrote Burkie Morris of the UAW in a letter to members.

With key components about to run out, Ford is pulling the plug on production of its most profitable and popular model, the F -150, late Wednesday evening. The move means approximately 4,000 workers at Ford ’s Dearborn Truck Plant will be temporarily laid off, joining roughly 3

Ford Motor Co. ( F ) is expected to resume production of its famous F -150 pickups in Dearborn and Kansas City from 18th of May, according to multiple reports published Friday. I have passed the Series 63, 22, Texas Real Estate exam, and the DRI Business Continuity exam.

Ford is resuming production of its F-Series trucks, ending assembly line shutdowns at two of its most important plants that have lasted more than a week.

Returning to full production is likely to take some time, as the automaker has scrambled to re-establish manufacturing of critical components from a supplier.

Production will first resume Friday at the Dearborn, Mich., facility. On Monday, the Kansas City and F-Series Super Duty truck production in Louisville, Ky., will go back online.

The automaker suspended production of the F-Series last week over a lack of critical components from its supplier Meridian Lightweight Technologies. Meridian's plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, suffered extensive damage after an explosion and fire in early May.

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Towards the end of the day, Ford announced via spokeswoman Kelli Felker that the company would resume production of F-150 pickups The company was forced to lay off around 7,600 workers due to the interruption of production of the F - Series pickups . At that time, Abhay Vadhavkar, director of

How much could stopping production of the F - Series hurt Ford and dealers who rely on the popular pickup truck to generate huge sales? As CNBC notes, that depends on how long the assembly lines are shut down.

Ford, along with BMW, Mercedes Benz and General Motors, had to to suspend or curb production at several U.S. plants while looking for an alternate source for components.

It's estimated Ford lost the production of 70,000 to 80,000 F-150 pickups since shutting down assembly lines at plants in Kansas City and Dearborn. The company also suspended the building of its F-Series Super Duty trucks in Louisville.

Ford has said its financial results for the second quarter will take a hit, though the exact cost remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the automaker has reaffirmed its guidance for full-year earnings.

With F-Series inventory of more than 80 days, Ford dealers have not seen a big drop in the number of pickups in stock while production was stopped. Ford expects to make up the lost inventory in future months by running extra shifts.


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