As a result of what sounds like an epic logistics hustle, the F-150 is expected to return to production Friday, May 18 at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant , the company said. Production of Ford's Super Duty at its Louisville, Ky., truck plant and the F-150 at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant are targeted to resume by Monday. Ford was the first automaker on-site at the supplier, about 24 hours after the fire.
Boeing 747 jets will make daily flights to ship parts in from the U.K. until Meridian's Eaton Rapids facility "returns to pre-fire levels," Ford noted. A May 2 fire severely damaged the main plant at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America factory in Eaton Rapids. It was able to enter the heavily damaged supplier plant first because it brought along Walbridge, a key construction supplier, who was able to assess the structural integrity of the building.
Dearborn-based Ford put together a team that refurbished and relocated tooling needed to make parts for the vehicles. Ford said it transported the die from mid-Michigan and shipped it from an airfield in Ohio and received a U.K. import license for the die just two hours before the plane touched down. The auto parts supplier has resumed making truck parts at the affected plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
Company fundamental data provided by Morningstar . The fire hit May 2 at the Eaton Rapids, MI facility of Meridian Magnesium Products , a Ford supplier for the trucks. Ford Motor Co. is resuming production of its F-150 pickup following a fire at a plant near Lansing where parts for the vehicle are made. The Eaton Rapids plant is producing truck parts again. The whole process would typically take 10 days, Thai-Tang said.
Meridian is now producing parts for the F-150 in both locations, with parts shipping from the U.K. until domestic operations return to normal. Earnings estimates data provided by Zacks. Ford and Meridian retrieved 19 dies used to cut and shape materials for the pickups from the burnt-out plant, testing and repairing them as necessary. The automaker said on Wednesday that work will restart Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant.