Ford F-150 production could resume by next Friday

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The fire shut down production at two of Ford's plants, but according to sources, production could resume as early as May 18.

Meridian is known to supply General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz with components, and according to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the affected list of automakers is now comprised of the former two, both of which have halted production of some of their own vehicles without a supplier to support them.

Earlier this week Ford temporarily laid off 7,600 workers after a May 2 fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in MI.

General Motors has paused production of commercial vans at its Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri, which manufactures the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana.

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Ford executives explained shut downs in the 3 truck plants could affect the corporation's quarterly earnings, however confirmed its full-year sales estimate.

Mercedes explained it had exhausted its source of cockpit cross-members on May 9 and didn't not possess enough parts to resume full creation. It said the Alabama plant will reopen next week on a "modified production schedule" while the automaker works with Meridian to restore parts production. The Drive received confirmation of this from an FCA official. However, "the production shortage is expected to have an adverse impact on the company's near term results".

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. At this point there is no word on just how long production of the F-150 will be halted, a Ford spokesman has said that it would last at least a few days.

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