MI supplier fire idles 4000 at Ford truck plant in Dearborn

Ford F-150 pickup trucks move down the inspection line at a Ford plant in Michigan in 2014

Ford said it's working to mitigate United States production losses and that its three-month supply of F-Series trucks in dealers' inventories should offset shortages in the near term, but if the shutdown lasts several weeks, which reportedly could be the case, specific versions of the F-150 would become scarce.

Ford Motor Co. has halted production of F-Series Super Duty pickups at Kentucky Truck Plant in eastern Jefferson County following a fire last week at a plant in MI that makes a component for the trucks.

The fire also impacted production at BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina facility and Mercedes-Benz's Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. The company has an 84-day supply of F-150 on dealer lots nationwide so there shouldn't be any shortages, though buyers after a specific trim, engine, and body configuration might be out of a luck if inventory falls under a 50-day supply. "It's a full team effort and we're confident that any impacts will be short-term".

Nearly 7,600 workers are temporary laid off due to the fire.

The F-150 pickup is Ford's best-selling model, as well as its most profitable. There are 700 employees at the plant but D'Angelo is not sure the exact number of people who will have shifts changed. Management of the two brands will rush to do whatever they can to take advantage of the F-150 production interruption.

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The fire at Meridian Magnesium Products of America in Eaton Rapids, Mich. occurred May 2, injuring two people, forcing almost 150 people to evacuate the building, and destroying portions of the roof, according to The Lansing State Journal. According to the analyst calculation, the enterprise value of the F series trucks is greater than that of the Ford as a whole. Among other items, Meridian supplies Ford with the magnesium radiator support structure, which holds radiators on the trucks.

"They will be making a decision soon,"said Ford spokesperson, Kelli Felker in a news release".

The shutdowns could last for several weeks, according to a person familiar with the situation, although plans are in flux as Ford seeks an alternative supply of the missing parts.

Production had to b suspended after a fire damaged the Meridian Magnesium Products of America factory, which is located near Lansing.

The F-150 is built only at the two sites, and there is no scheduled date for the reopening the Kansas City Plant.

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