Ford resuming F-150 truck production on Friday after supplier fire

Ford resuming F-150, Super Duty production on Monday

Ford Restarts F-150 Production

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

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.

Ford is restarting the F-150 and Super Duty production ahead of schedule.

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

Dearborn-based Ford put together a team that refurbished and relocated tooling needed to make parts for the vehicles. A die is a tool used to cut or shape material using a press.

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Production of the Expedition and Navigator SUVs continues without interruption at Louisville, Ford said. Teams removed and remediated safety concerns - including dangling siding - and restored electricity, gaining approval to access the site while debris still smoldered inside.

Ford stopped making the big pickup trucks at KTP on May 5 following a fire at a supplier plant in MI.

Parts produced at Nottingham are being shipped via daily flights on a Boeing 747 jet until production in Eaton Rapids returns to pre-fire levels.

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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