Last week, when we reported that Ford would be forced to halt F-150 production, the company offered no timeline for when it would be able to resume. But fortunately for the Blue Oval, we’ve learned it will be able to restart the line tomorrow, Friday, May 18th. It’s obviously welcome news for the company, along with the roughly 8000 workers idled by the halt.
Details on the development comes from the Kansas City Star, which published the following statement from Ford:
Ford marshaled a global team of experts, that included partners and suppliers, following a May 2 fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Mich., to quickly refurbish and relocate tooling needed to produce parts for the Ford F-150, Super Duty and five other vehicles – Ford Expedition, Explorer, Flex and Lincoln Navigator and MKT.
The teams removed 19 dies from Meridian’s badly damaged facility, and in one case, moved an 87,000-pound die from Eaton Rapids, Mich., to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov cargo plane – one of the largest in the world – in just 30 hours door-to-door.
So as you might have expected, getting all the necessary gear to get production online involved some — literally — heavy lifting. And it’s interesting to see how Ford is marshaling its global manufacturing resources to pivot on the fly. If you’re looking for an F-150 of your own, feel free to head to your local AutoNation Ford dealer. They should have no problem hooking you up!