Fire At Downstate Ford Plant Could Cause F-150 Shortage

  • Fire At Downstate Ford Plant Could Cause F-150 Shortage

Fire At Downstate Ford Plant Could Cause F-150 Shortage

Ford may stop production of its bestselling and highly profitable F-150 pickup truck at two factories after a supplier fire.

Ford on Monday said it idled F-150 production at its plant in Kansas City until May 14.

FCA said on Wednesday it is "adjusting production schedules as needed to minimize plant downtime [and] will make up any lost production".

Ford has enough of the die-cast magnesium parts on the shelf to keep production running at Dearborn through Thursday of this week, according to a letter from the plant's union chief received by employees.

"I think it's safe to say, we're going to see an impact over several days, but beyond that we can't say", said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford global operations.

Just as auto sales start to heat up, Ford is facing the daunting prospect of seeing a major drop in the supply of its best selling and most profitable vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck.

"This is a fluid situation", Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, said via email.

She also added and said,"GM Wentzville will continue to produce the popular midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, GM Purchasing and Supply Chain is working to resume full-size van production as quickly as possible". But Ford appears to be the hardest hit, especially considering the booming demand for its full-size pickup which has been the nation's best-selling motor vehicle for decades, almost 900,000 F-150s sold a year ago.

It will also be impacted at the Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant and will also Ford F-Series Super Duty production is down at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. That includes some larger trucks than the F-150, although the F-150 makes up the overwhelming majority of those sales. "We are working hard to get replacement parts".

"We do expect Ford will incur higher production costs during this shutdown period and potentially in the period immediately following the shutdown to the degree Ford elects to accelerate production to make up for this shortfall", Albertine wrote Tuesday in a note to investors.

F-series sales in the USA rose 4.1 percent to 287,295 through April, according to the Automotive News Data Center. As a result, we have cancelled production shifts in certain areas and adjusted production hours for our team members this week.

The F-150 is made of all kinds of fancy, lightweight materials like aluminum and magnesium, and it's the magnesium that's causing problems with production.

The fire early May 2 has been described as one of the worst fires in the last 40 years in Eaton Rapids, according to the Lansing State Journal.