Ford Restarts F-150 Production

Ford to resume F-150 production Friday at Dearborn Truck Plant

Ford to resume F-150 production Friday at Dearborn Truck Plant

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.

"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.

A May 2 fire severely damaged the main plant at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America factory in Eaton Rapids.

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

The automaker also flew one die weighing 87,000 pounds (39.5 tonnes) to a Meridian plant in Nottingham, England, after commissioning a giant Russian-built Antonov cargo plane - one of only 21 in the world.

According to a release, work started immediately in the aftermath of the May 2 fire.

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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 says under normal circumstances, moving tooling the size of a bolster die would take approximately 10 days just to get the proper import and export approvals.

All-new Ford 2015 F-150 pickup trucks move down the final inspection line at the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan, November 11, 2014.

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