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. It's a key profit generator for Ford.
(Recasts, adds Ford possible resumption date) May 11 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co could resume production of its best-selling F-150 pickups as early as Friday, May 18 in Dearborn and Kansas City, according to a source familiar with the automaker's plans. That includes some larger trucks than the F-150, although the F-150 makes up the overwhelming majority of those sales.
Ford only has two plants that build the F-150.
"The company doesn't know when or for how long we will be down", wrote Burkie Morris of the UAW in a letter to members. Ford says it is working with Meridian and others to get parts.
Ford has about an 84-day supply of the F-Series truck in dealers' inventories, so the company never expected a shortage that would impact clients or dealerships. "But when you have a vehicle that comprises a quarter of your company's sales, any production disruption is going to cause some consternation". Meanwhile, the automaker ended April with almost a quarter million trucks on the ground at dealerships, a high percentage were F-150 models.
Ford isn't the only automaker that's had to shut down production due to the fire.