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

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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.

Ford Motor Co. will resume building its biggest moneymaker, the F-150 pickup, two weeks after a fire at a supplier's factory halted production of trucks at three plants.

The F-Series is the best selling vehicle in the United States, so Ford acted quickly to get production back on line. Ford backed its full-year earnings guidance of $1.45 to $1.70 per share.

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The plant, which employs about 8,100 hourly workers in all, has continued to make Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. Reflecting the urgency to restart production, one 87,000-pound die was loaded into an Antonov An-124 cargo plane and shipped to another Meridian site in Nottingham, UK, in just 30 hours door-to-door.

In a media briefing on Wednesday, Ford executives said the May 2 fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, affected several automakers, but its team was the first to enter the fire-damaged plant "while it was still smoldering".

Despite the quick effort, Ford is still expecting to take a hit from the fire as the company told investors to expect an "adverse impact of $0.12 to $0.14 per share in second quarter due to lost production".

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