Ford suspends Super Duty production at Kentucky Truck Plant

Ford F150

Ford F150

The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the USA, accounting for more than a quarter of Ford's sales past year.

With the Eaton Rapids supplier offline, Ford has suspended F-150 production at its Kansas City, MO Assembly Plant and Dearborn Truck Plant, along with Ford F-Series Super Duty production at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Mercedes-Benz also said output has been disrupted.

Ford dealers and distribution chains now have 84 days' worth of supply, which Ford told The Detroit News should be sufficient to fill the demand. "It's a full team effort and we're confident that any impacts will be short-term". The automaker's other F-150 plant in Dearborn, Michigan, may go down this week, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing speculative matters. Ford announced that it was suspending production of all F-150s, as well as the Super Duty, due to a May 2 fire at a parts factory.

Ford is forced to temporarily stop making the F-150, one of America's best-selling vehicles, due to a problem in its supply chain.

Unifor local 200 president John D'Agnolo says the shutdown at Essex plant is only for two days, but it could be longer. The truck line, which includes F-250 and other larger models, hauls in about $40 billion in annual revenue, exceeding the annual sales of companies such as Facebook and Nike.

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The fire was at one their suppliers, Meridian Magnesium Products, in Eaton Rapids.

Ford claims that it only accounts for less than a third of the output from the Meridian plant.

Ford dealers are sitting on enough supply of the pickup to hold them for several weeks.

Depending on how severely the parts shortage affects Ford, competitors may be able to entice truck shoppers with increased incentives. "Adjustments and changes are being made hour by hour as the company is engaged in getting the parts needed to maintain our normal production schedule".

It should be noted that Meridian is looking for a new facility to set up stamping operations, but that takes time and until the company produces more chassis components, Ford F-Series production is halted.

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