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Ford Motor may resume creation of its best selling f150 pick ups as ancient as Friday, May 18 in Dearborn along with Kansas City, as per a source familiarized with the auto maker's strategies. The end of the resulting production shutdown has no ETA, and with Ford's reliance on Meridian for lightweight structural components, F-series pickup truck production stalled when parts stores were depleted. Ford noted that while the F-150 and Super Duty trucks production is affected by the parts shortage, it had an 84-day supply of the vehicles on hand and that the supply should meet demand until production is back up and running.

Hinrichs and purchasing director Hau Thai Tang stated the automaker was working with the supplier, Chinese-owned Meridian Magnesium Products, to move production of the impacted parts to other providers until the fire-damaged plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, can be fixed and production resumed.

"GM has temporarily halted production of its full size vans at GM Wentzville Assembly Center due to a supply chain constraint caused by the May 2 fire at Meridian Magnesium", stated the spokesperson. Mercedes-Benz also announced yesterday that it shut down SUV production at its Alabama plant, since it ran out of cockpit cross-members on May 9. As a result, production was canceled Thursday and Friday. Employees will work next week on a limited schedule.

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In the first four months of the year, Ford sold 287,295 F-Series pickups, up 4.1% year over year.

7,600 workers build F-150 trucks at the two plants.