The F-150 is a brand at Ford that drives profits. Meridian plant manager George Asher told Automotive News the company is working to move dies for stamping parts to its plants in Ontario and the United Kingdom.
"Kansas City Truck who we send our engines to have components that they received from Meridian who caught fire and what's happened is we have Thursday and Friday down, as of right now", said Unifor 200 president John D'Angelo. There's no apparent signs that Wall Street is anxious about a plant fire that is forcing Ford to cut back on production of its F-150 pickup, the top-selling vehicle in America.
As of late Wednesday, Ford announced that its Dearborn Truck Plant is going to be shut down following the second shift of the day and will affect 4,000 workers.
The news comes as Ford becomes even more reliant on its popular F-Series trucks.
Other vehicle manufacturers are also affected, including Mercedes, BMW, and General Motors.
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GM said on Wednesday it has temporarily halted production of Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans at its Wentzville plant because of parts shortages caused by the fire on May 2. Two people were injured in the fire, and the plant's roof was destroyed in the process.
"I would say the biggest danger is if this lingers on longer", Krebs said.
In other words, Ford can not accurately predict the shortfall's effect. Super Duty production at Ford's Avon Lake, Ohio plant has not been impacted thus far.
Felker said, "We are working closely with the supplier to manage the situation and to determine next steps".
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., in a statement released from its plant in Vance, Ala., said: "The damage caused at Meridian has caused a shortage of components used in our cockpits for some of our vehicles built at MBUSI". Ford said it did not know when the plants would reopen. Ford did not provide a specific time frame as to when the production stoppage will come to an end, but it is expected to last for several days, at the very least.
Spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said FCA isn't expecting any large production disruptions at any factories other than Windsor. But until Ford can get its production lines moving again, consumers should be prepared for dealers to be a little less willing to cut a deal.