Fire Causes Cease in F-150 Production

Like all businesses, Ford is subject to the unexpected. The company and its customers were shocked by a serious fire early in May, which occurred at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant, a parts supplier for Ford. The fire has severely limited production at the plant, which has directly affected Ford’s production capabilities.

With this fire, Ford has suspended the production of its F-150 series, if only for the time being. Additionally, the F-series Super Duty will also experience a decrease in production.

The fire damaged Meridian’s die-cast component manufacturing capabilities, causing Ford to cease production of the legendary F-150. Both Ford's Kansas City and Dearborn Truck plants have stopped building the pickups.

The production of the F-150 is on hiatus, and the delays do not signal a permanent change. The company is working hard to remedy the situation and is actively looking for solutions. Ford customers don’t need to worry; Ford has built up a large inventory of new F-150 pickups and their customers should have access to them with limited affect to the consumer.

Joe Hinrichs, who is the executive vice president and president of Global Operations for Ford, was quoted on Ford’s Media Center saying, “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.” Hinrichs later went on to emphasize that the situation should be short-lived.

Despite current limitations on production, Ford customers can still get behind the wheel of a 2018 F-150.

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