Ford to Resume F-150, Super Duty Vehicle Production Within Days

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Production of the F-Series Super Duty will fully resume on Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant and the Kansas City Assembly Plant. Meridian makes the die-cast components in the trucks.

Dearborn-based Ford put together a team that refurbished and relocated tooling needed to make parts for the vehicles.

The F-Series accounts for nearly 40% of Ford's unit sales in the USA and has been the top selling vehicle in America for decades.

Production of the Expedition and Navigator SUVs continues without interruption at Louisville, Ford said. "The ramp-up time to full production is improving every day".

The automaker also flew one die weighing 87,000 pounds (39.5 tonnes) to a Meridian plant in Nottingham, England, after commissioning a giant Russian-built Antonov cargo plane - one of only 21 in the world. A die is a tool used to cut or shape material using a press. "Thanks to their heroic efforts, we are resuming production of some of our most important vehicles ahead of our original targets".

That work stopped after a fire at a parts supplier on May 2. This is in stark contrast to usual procedure which typically requires 10 days just to get the proper import and export approvals. In between, the Ford team received a United Kingdom import license for the die - a mere two hours before the plane touched down. After inspecting and repairing the dies, Ford said some portions of the Eaton Rapids facility were able to restart production.

Ford executives declined to say how many vehicles were not produced as a result of the idling, though they said customers should have no problems finding trucks in dealership lots.