Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Ford Could Halt Production Of America's Best-Selling Vehicle For Weeks

Ford Could Halt Production Of America's Best-Selling Vehicle For Weeks

The parts shortage is impacting the Dearborn Truck, Kentucky Truck and Kansas City Assembly plants which produce the F-150 and Super Duty models.

The letter urges workers to keep their personal contact information updated so they can get updates as information becomes available.

Demand for the F-150 has been so strong that the automaker could be unable to recover lost sales in the near-term by increasing the line speed at Dearborn and Kansas City or adding more overtime.

Meridian, which makes aluminum and magnesium structural components at four plants in North America, could not be reached immediately for comment.

The fire happened Wednesday at a Meridian Lightweight Technologies factory in MI.

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The fire was set off by an explosion in the plant. Felker said Ford has continued manufacturing Expeditions, Navigators and other large vehicles uninterrupted.

"This is a fluid situation, but we are working closely with our supplier partners to do everything we can to limit the impact on our production", said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations in a statement.

GM said on Wednesday it has temporarily halted production of Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans at its Wentzville plant because of parts shortages caused by the fire on May 2.

The company has said it is working to resolve the supply disruption.

Mercedes employs about 3,700 people who build about 286,000 vehicles annually at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, plant, including the GLE and GLS SUVs and the C-Class sedan.

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The fire also affected production of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in Windsor, Ontario, that produces the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Ford said Wednesday it halted production of Super Duties, comprised of F-250 through F-750 models, but the factories in OH and Kentucky continue churning out other vehicles, including the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUVs and the Econoline van.

At the end of April, Ford had an 84-days supply of F-series pickups, according to AutoData. "Customers won't have any trouble finding the F-Series that best meets their needs".

The F-Series is so important to Ford that Albertine wrote he's considering adjusting his earnings projections for the automaker once the full effect of the supplier fire is known.

It's also disrupted production at several other North American automotive plants. As a result, we have cancelled production shifts in certain areas and adjusted production hours for our team members this week.

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