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Ford Suspends Production of F-150 Trucks

15 May 2018

A Meridian plant in Strathroy, Ontario, is one of those sites that will temporarily create lightweight parts for the Ford F-150 and Super Duty pickups, in addition to the Expedition, Navigator, Explorer, Flex and MKT utility vehicles. The fire shut down production at two of Ford's plants, but according to sources, production could resume as early as May 18.

With key components about to run out, Ford F is pulling the plug on production of its most profitable and popular model, the F-150.

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Ford was facing a shortage of some parts used to make the truck after a fire at a MI plant earlier this month.

Now, the Dearborn location is also closed.

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"We're confident that any impacts will be short term", stated Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford global operations. That includes some larger trucks than the F-150, although the F-150 makes up the overwhelming majority of those sales.

How much could stopping production of the F-Series hurt Ford and dealers who rely on the popular pickup truck to generate huge sales? 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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Tuesday afternoon the United Auto Workers alerted members who build the F-150 at the Dearborn Truck Plant that production could be stopped later this week. They will get most of but not all of their pay during the temporary layoff.

Ford Suspends Production of F-150 Trucks