Three days ago Ford announced that it shut down F-150 production following a fire at one of its key suppliers. The fire shut down production at two of Ford’s plants, but according to sources, production could resume as early as May 18.
The May 2 fire at Meridian Magnesium Products of America’s plant in Michigan, Ford shut down production of the Fi-150 at its Kansas City Assembly Plant and the Dearborn Truck Plant. Production of the F-Series Super Duty models was also slowed at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.
Ford isn’t the only automaker that’s had to shut down production due to the fire. 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. Production is expected to resume on a “modified production schedule” next week while Mercedes-Benz works with Meridian to restore production.
The fire has also disrupted production at General Motors, BMW and Fiat Chrysler plans. Ford is currently working with Meridian to shift production of the affected parts to other suppliers until production can resume at the fire-damaged plant.