Ford Motor Company has halted production of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck. Felker said Tuesday a decision on if the Dearborn Truck Plant with 4,000 worker will be idled will be made soon. It is the only US source of those support beams, as well as other components used by some of Ford's competitors, including the cross vehicle beams that instrument panels in some Fiat Chrysler products are mounted on. Ford accounts for less than a third of the parts produced at the Meridian plant, according to the company.
The parts shortage also prompted Ford to suspend production of its best-selling F-150 pickup models at plants in Kansas City and Dearborn, Michigan, the company said Wednesday.
Klefot said that whenever production resumes, workers should prepare for some "serious overtime" and weekend work, because Ford dealers will be clamoring for more Super Duty trucks.
If you were preparing to get your hands on a new Ford F-150 pickup truck, you may have to wait.
It was not clear how long the production disruptions will last or how Ford may be assisting Meridian in relocating parts production.
The company said Wednesday that the parts shortage and production cuts will have a short-term impact on earnings, but Ford is sticking with full-year guidance of adjusted earnings per share of $1.45 to $1.70.
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"There's a lot of demand for these light-weighting materials", she said. "Our global supply chain team continues to monitor the situation".
"They may or may not receive wages during the furlough period", says Pellathy.
Meridian, which makes aluminum and magnesium structural components at four plants in North America, could not be reached immediately for comment.
A message was left Thursday for officials at Meridian. The plant supplies other automakers as well, but so far only one -- Fiat Chrysler --- has reported an impact on production.
He urged workers to make sure that the company has their updated contact information so they don't miss the robocalls.
Daimler and BMW acknowledged that they also had parts shortages from Meridian, resulting in minor production disruptions at their US plants in Alabama and SC.