Ford could resume F-150 production at two plants next week

Ford could resume F-150 production at two plants next week

Ford could resume F-150 production at two plants next week

One of the biggest sellers in all the automotive realm is the Ford F-150 truck.

(Recasts, adds Ford possible resumption date) May 11 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co could resume production of its best-selling F-150 pickups as early as Friday, May 18 in Dearborn and Kansas City, according to a source familiar with the automaker's plans.

Also on Friday, Mercedes-Benz (DAIGn.DE) said SUV production at its Alabama plant stopped on Thursday because of parts shortages caused by the same May 2 fire at a Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. It claimed the Alabama plant will burst per week on a "altered manufacturing program" whereas the auto-maker works with Meridian to restore components creation.

Ford has said it's an hour-by-hour situation.

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The spokesman of Ford said in an interview,"This is an extremely fluid situation, we are working hard to get replacement parts". With parts in short supply, Ford was forced to suspend F-150 production at the two plants that make the popular truck.

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"We're confident that any impacts will be short term", said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford global operations, in a media call late Wednesday. Ford is also working on getting production up at other factories. Ford had to stop production of the F-150 this week due to a parts shortage from a supplier.

A two-week production halt for the F-series could slice as much as $310 million from Ford's second-quarter profits, Buck Research analyst Joseph Amaturo wrote in a note Wednesday.

The F-150 has been the top selling United States vehicle by any manufacturer for more than 40 years. 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".

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