Ford to resume F-150 production Friday at Dearborn Truck Plant

Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge and other contractors, worked almost around the clock to get America's best-selling vehicle franchise back on line as quickly as possible, according to a release.

Production of the Expedition and Navigator SUVs continues without interruption at Louisville, Ford said.

A fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Michigan caused ripple effects throughout the automotive industry and one of the hardest hit companies was Ford which had to temporarily cease production of the popular F-150. "The ramp-up time to full production is improving every day".

The automaker said on Wednesday that work will restart Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Eaton Rapids.

The fire on May 2 at Meridian Lightweight Technologies' facility in Easton Rapids, Mich. shut down the assembly line, creating a parts shortage for F-150 and Super Duty trucks. The plant makes structural parts with about one-third going to Ford. This is in stark contrast to usual procedure which typically requires 10 days just to get the proper import and export approvals.

A team in Nottingham was waiting to receive the die and take it to Meridian's nearby factory.

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

Ford executives declined to say how many vehicles were not produced as a result of the idling, though they said customers should have no problems finding trucks in dealership lots.

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