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

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               Ford resuming F-150 Super Duty production on Monday        Production is resuming again on May 21 ahead of schedule

BUSINESS Ford resuming F-150 Super Duty production on Monday Production is resuming again on May 21 ahead of schedule

FBN's Jeff Flock on Ford halting production of the F-150 truck.

The company has also successfully repaired the supply chain for Super Duty, with production targeted to restart by Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant as well as the Kansas City Assembly Plant that also makes F-150 pickups.

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.

The F-150 full-size pickup is the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

Ford Motor Company is restarting production of the popular F-150 at Dearborn Truck Plant Friday after just over one week of downtime. The vehicle generated $41 billion in revenue previous year, about 28 percent of total sales and the lion's share of Ford's profits.

It came after the massive May 2 fire at Meridian Lightweight Technologies, whose main shareholder since 2013 is the Chinese group Wanfeng Auto Holdings.

Ford says the teams removed 19 dies from Meridian's badly damaged facility, and in one case, moved an 87,000-pound die from Eaton Rapids, Mich., to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov cargo plane - one of the largest in the world - in 30 hours door-to-door.

The recovery included some herculean efforts, including shipping an 87,000-pound die from MI to a plant in Nottingham, England, using a massive Antonov cargo plane, to produce needed parts.

Ford shares closed up 1.6 percent at $11.40.

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