Ford halts F-150 production because of supplier fire

DETROIT, Mich. — Ford suspended all production Wednesday of its profit-driving F-150 pickup, the nation’s best-selling vehicle for more than 35 years, because of a “black swan” parts shortage, reported the Detroit Free Press.

The production halt was caused by a fire May 2 at a parts factory in small-town Michigan that rippled through the North American auto industry but hit Ford hardest. Production at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes also was disrupted.

“The impact on everybody else is going to pale compared to Ford,” said Abhay (Abe) Vadhavkar, director of manufacturing, engineering and technology at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. “For Ford, this is potentially enormous.”

Read the full article in the Detroit Free Press.

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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  • Michael Ryan says:

    As an Emergency Manager, this is the reason that we advise all of our business partners to make sure that their suppliers have a Continuity of Operations Plan to ensure that they can still deliver their products to you regardless of instances such as this. If your supplier can’t meet this obligation to you, find a new supplier. YOUR business depends on it.

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