Ford could resume F-150 production next week

David Brown is a truck driver for M&M Cartage in Louisville

David Brown is a truck driver for M&M Cartage in Louisville. Workers at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville

The same fire forced other automakers to also halt or at least slow production.

Ford was facing a shortage of some parts used to make the truck after a fire at a MI plant earlier this month.

A spokeswoman says Friday that production should resume in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City, Missouri.

Three days ago Ford announced that it shut down F-150 production following a fire at one of its key suppliers.

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The production downtime is tipped to affect Q2 profits at Ford, but the company hasn't changed its outlook for the year.

Now, the Dearborn location is also closed.

Ford stocks were down marginally in after hours trade, in £11.19.

"We're confident that any impacts will be short term", stated Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford global operations.

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Last month Ford sold 73,104 F-Series pickups, with the overwhelming majority of those being the F-150 according to company sales reports.

Ford is now working with Meridian to shift production of the affected parts to other suppliers until production can resume at the fire-damaged plant.

Both assembly plants are unable to continue building the F-150 pickup truck due to a lack of critical components supplied by Meridian Lightweight Technologies.

At the time, Ford said it had an 84-day supply of vehicles in its inventory, so customers "will not have problems finding F-series truck". They will get most of but not all of their pay during the temporary layoff.

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