Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

F-150 production suspended at Ford Claycomo plant

F-150 production suspended at Ford Claycomo plant

The parts shortage is impacting the Dearborn Truck, Kentucky Truck and Kansas City Assembly plants which produce the F-150 and Super Duty models. Super Duty production was halted on Wednesday. The company has had to temporarily lay off 7,600 workers as it cuts production of the F-Series pickup truck, the top-selling vehicle in America.

In the first four months of the year, Ford sold 287,295 F-Series pick-ups over the course of the first four months of the year, up 4.1%. The average price of F-150 is $46,000. As of today production at the company's Dearborn, Michigan plant will also be halted through the end of the week.

The Drive reached out to a spokesperson from Ford to inquire about how this incident will impact the production of the F-Series pickups in the near future. Meridian plant manager George Asher told Automotive News the company is working to move dies for stamping parts to its plants in Ontario and the United Kingdom.

The Meridian fire also caused stoppages on the Ford Super Duty lines in Kentucky and OH as well as the Chrysler Pacifica line in Windsor, Ontario.

Ford Motor suspends F-150 production, and this news came in air on Wednesday evening. The company does not expect to lose sales due to shutdown and expect to make up the production over time.

A fire on May 2 at a Eaton Rapids, Michigan plant operated by Meridian Lightweight Technologies stopped production of die-cast components used in F-150 and Super Duty trucks. "We're working very closely with suppliers to resolve the issue and determine our next steps". The cease in production, which spans multiple plants and Ford vehicles, stems from a fire at one of the company's suppliers last week.

Meridian, owned by Chinese supplier Wanfeng Auto Holding Group, also provides parts to Toyota Motor Corp and Tesla Inc among others, according to the websites of Meridian and Wanfeng.

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