In Kansas City and Dearborn, the company is looking at shortening its traditionally scheduled two-week shutdown period in July to one week so that more F-150s can roll off the line.
Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge and other contractors, worked almost around the clock to get America's best-selling vehicle franchise back on line as quickly as possible, according to a release.
The company expects production to be in full force at both plants by the end of the day Monday, a spokesperson confirmed.
A May 2 fire severely damaged the main plant at the Meridian Magnesium Products of America factory in Eaton Rapids. The company was forced to suspend delivery of parts to several manufacturers, with Ford being one of the most affected as it impacted assembly of its cash-cow model, the F-150 pickup.
The F-150 is a key profit generator for Ford.
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Production of the Super Duty is expected to resume Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant, which also makes F-150 pickups, Ford announced.
Ford says under normal circumstances, moving tooling the size of a bolster die would take approximately 10 days just to get the proper import and export approvals.
"We were working around the clock, across the ocean, with the teams there to really get the facilities back up and running", Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's head of purchasing and product development, said on the call. However, Ford and its suppliers managed to cut the total time for the entire move to 30 hours, including trans-Atlantic flight time.
Almost 4,000 miles away, a team in Nottingham was waiting to receive the die and take it to Meridian's nearby factory. The Eaton Rapids plant is producing truck parts again.
The production hiccup will cost Ford 12 cents to 14 cents per share in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the automaker has reaffirmed its guidance for full-year earnings.