Ford to resume F-150, Super Duty production

Ford to resume F-150, Super Duty production

The No. 2 US automaker also said production would resume on Monday at a second F-150 plant in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as its F-series Super Duty truck plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

While production of the F-150 was down for a week, Ford says they started working immediately after the fire.

Ford Motor Co. plans to restart production of F-Series Super Duty trucks at Kentucky Truck Plant by Monday, putting about 2,700 hourly workers back on the job after a two-week layoff, the company said Wednesday.

Dearborn-based Ford put together a team that refurbished and relocated tooling needed to make parts for the vehicles. After inspecting and repairing the dies, Ford said some portions of the Eaton Rapids facility were able to restart production. "The ramp-up time to full production is improving every day".

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"While the situation remains extremely dynamic, our teams are focused on returning our plants to full production as fast as possible", Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said in the statement.

The May 2 inferno at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, forced Ford to halt production of America's best-selling nameplate amid growing demand.

When the team removed the die from the Eaton Rapids factory, it was shipped to Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. In between, the Ford team received a United Kingdom import license for the die - a mere two hours before the plane touched down.

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