Ford Halts Truck Production Due to Fire at Parts Supplier

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Ford has announced that production of the F-150 and F-Series Super Duty has been suspended.

On May 2, one of Ford’s parts suppliers experienced a fire, which is currently impacting production of Ford’s pickup trucks. The fire occurred at Meridian Magnesium Products of America, and Ford says it accounts for less than a third of the volume of output from the affected Meridian plant.

The American automaker is working with its supply base to offset impacts of the fire, which has resulted in a shortage of die-cast components. The company is confident that any impacts will be short-term and is continuing to work closely with its suppliers to do everything it can to limit the impact on production.

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For now, production of the Ford F-150 has been suspended at Kansas City Assembly Plant and will also be suspended at the Dearborn Truck Plant. F-Series Super Duty production has been halted at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, but Ford does expect Super Duty production to continue at Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake.

Ford did not announce how long production will be down and says it’s “a fluid situation.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Iammrmail Iammrmail on May 10, 2018

    For such a large company to have only one supplier for anything is absolutely ridiculous. Poor management, bad decisions . They deserve to lose money with stupid decisions like that

  • Smartacus Smartacus on May 11, 2018

    Those employees are gonna be watching a bunch of time-filler videos on safety, workplace violence, and sexual harassment.