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Ford Suspends Production of F-150 Trucks

15 May 2018

Also on Friday, " Mercedes-Benz claimed SUV creation in its Alabama plant discontinued on Thursday as a result of parts shortages caused by the same May 2 fire in a Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

Ford said it had been dealing with Chinese-owned Meridian to alter creation of those affected parts into additional suppliers until the fire-damaged plant might be repaired and production resumed.

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Ford could resume production on its F-150 trucks as soon as next week. It's a key profit generator for Ford. That includes some larger trucks than the F-150, although the F-150 makes up the overwhelming majority of those sales. Super Duty pickup assembly in Louisville, Kentucky, remains idle but workers will keep producing big SUVs.

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.

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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.

"It takes 76 days for an F-150 to sell, so the company does have a bit of a cushion", said Ivan Drury, Edmunds senior manager of industry analysis. Meanwhile, the automaker ended April with almost a quarter million trucks on the ground at dealerships, a high percentage were F-150 models.

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Ford Suspends Production of F-150 Trucks