Lost truck production will hit second quarter earnings, says Ford

Ford stops F-150 production due to parts shortage

Ford stops F-150 production due to parts shortage

Ford had to stop production of the F-150 this week due to a parts shortage from a supplier.

Ford could resume production on its F-150 trucks as soon as next week.

Hinrichs and purchasing director Hau Thai Tang stated the automaker was working with the supplier, Chinese-owned Meridian Magnesium Products, to move production of the impacted parts to other providers until the fire-damaged plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, can be fixed and production resumed.

The Super Duty assembly line in Louisville, Kentucky was not named, but that plant continues building Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicles, even while pickup production is suspended. Expedition and Navigator remain in production in Louisville, Ford stated. Mercedes-Benz also announced yesterday that it shut down SUV production at its Alabama plant, since it ran out of cockpit cross-members on May 9. It claimed the Alabama plant will burst per week on a "altered manufacturing program" whereas the auto-maker works with Meridian to restore components creation.

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Ford executives earlier this week said the company's quarterly earnings could be affected by shutdowns at the three truck plants, but affirmed its full-year earnings estimate. However, "the production shortage is expected to have an adverse impact on the company's near term results".

7,600 workers build F-150 trucks at the two plants.

Ford has sold 287,000 F Series trucks in the United States in the first four months of this year, up 4% compared to a year ago.

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