F-150 production suspended at Ford Claycomo plant

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F-150 production suspended at Ford Claycomo plant

All told, 7,600 workers at the two plants will be directly impacted, 4,000 of them in Dearborn, 3,600 in Kansas City.

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.

The company has not said when the two plants will resume production. The company had already suspended truck production at a plant just outside Kansas City, Missouri.

Hours after a top official warned of a "fluid situation", Ford Motor Co. said it is shutting off the tap on its most profitable and popular product line, its F-150 pickup.

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The Drive reached out to a spokesperson from Ford to inquire about how this incident will impact the production of the F-Series pickups in the near future. A Ford spokeswoman said on Wednesday the automaker is working closely with the supplier to get production restarted, but declined to provide details. "We're confident that any impacts will be short term".

The shutdown could last several weeks due to a shortage of some parts needed to build the vehicles.

The production disruption underscores the vulnerability of complex supply chains in the global auto industry.

The company had said that in April, dealers on average had a 65 day supply of trucks, down 16 days, or 20 percent, from April 2017.

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Ford sold 73,104 F-150s in April and 287,295 F-Series trucks in the U.S. in the first four months of the year, up 4 percent from last year.

The impact everyone else faces will pale in comparison to Ford, an automotive research firm located in Ann Arbor, Michigan said.

While the auto industry has a history of working around parts shortages from natural disasters and fires, it may be more hard this time because there are few companies that produce magnesium parts, said Kristen Dziczek, vice president of the Center for Automotive Research's Industry, Labor & Economics Group. But the Super Duty will continue to be made at Ford's OH assembly plant in Avon Lake. The parts supplier itself, Meridian Magnesium Factory, suffered from a serious fire and resulting explosion which has caused serious damage. Production at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes also is disturbed.

The Ford F-150 and the entire Super Duty lineup have chassis components made from stamped magnesium.

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