Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Ford resuming production of lucrative F-150 trucks on Friday

Ford resuming production of lucrative F-150 trucks on Friday

According to Ford Motor Company, it "marshaled a global team of experts, that included partners and suppliers, following a May 2 fire.to 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".

Production of F-Series pickups will restart first at Ford's Dearborn, Michigan, factory on Friday, then at plants in Kentucky and Missouri on Monday. By Monday, the company expects to restart production on Super Duty trucks at a plant in Louisville, Ky., and F-150s at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant.

The automaker also flew one die weighing 87,000 pounds (39.5 tonnes) to a Meridian plant in Nottingham, England, after commissioning a giant Russian-built Antonov cargo plane - one of only 21 in the world. "Thanks to their heroic efforts, we are resuming production of some of our most important vehicles ahead of our original targets".

The recovery included some herculean efforts, including shipping an 87,000-pound die from MI to a plant in Nottingham, England, using a massive Antonov cargo plane, to produce needed parts.

Ford to resume F-150 production Friday at Dearborn Truck Plant
Ford to restart F-150 production after key supplier fire

Ford said it went to work immediately, while the plant was still smoldering, to remove vital tools and equipment, and received a British import license just 2 hours before the plane transporting the die landed.

Teams from Ford and several suppliers scrambled to recover 19 dies from the damaged facility.

FBN's Jeff Flock on Ford halting production of the F-150 truck.

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