Ford resuming F-150, Super Duty production on Monday


With F-Series inventory of more than 80 days, Ford dealers have not seen a big drop in the number of pickups in stock while production was stopped.

After pausing production of the Ford F-150 last week, Ford has announced that production will resume this Friday at its Dearborn Truck Plant.

Ford said Wednesday it will resume production of its popular F-Series pickup trucks after a fire at a parts supplier forced the automaker to bring its assembly lines to a halt.

Production of the Expedition and Navigator SUVs continues without interruption at Louisville, Ford said.

The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades and any extended production delays would have had serious consequences for the automaker. Ford backed its full-year earnings guidance of $1.45 to $1.70 per share. The teams removed 19 dies from Meridian's badly damaged facility, and in one case, moved an 87,000-pound die from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov cargo plane.

While the situation isn't ideal, Ford is making the best of it and notes parts built in the United Kingdom will be flown to the United States daily until production in Eaton Rapids returns to pre-fire levels.

Ford stopped making the big pickup trucks at KTP on May 5 following a fire at a supplier plant in MI.

Ford shares closed up 1.6 percent at $11.40.