Ford resuming production of lucrative F-Series trucks on Friday

Ford to resume some F-150 production Friday more plants online Monday

Ford to resume some F-150 production Friday more plants online Monday

Ford Motor Co.is resuming production of its F-150 pickup following a fire at a plant near Lansing where parts for the vehicle are made.

It's estimated Ford lost the production of 70,000 to 80,000 F-150 pickups since shutting down assembly lines at plants in Kansas City and Dearborn.

Ford wanted to resume production of the popular and profitable models as quickly as possible and this required a herculean effort. The vehicle generated $41 billion in revenue a year ago, about 28 percent of total sales and the lion's share of Ford's profits.


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.

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

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. The automaker rebuilt its supply chain for key magnesium parts used in the trucks and in sport utility vehicles including the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Explorer, according to a statement.

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