The F-150 production has been suspended at their Kansas City, Missouri, plant and will be suspended by the end of the shift Wednesday at their Dearborn, Michigan, plant.
Ford will temporarily stop making the F-150 at its plant in Dearborn, Michigan, on Wednesday night.
The news comes as Ford becomes even more reliant on its popular F-Series trucks.
F-Series pickups generate most of Ford's profits and Morgan Stanley recently estimated the value of the franchise as greater than that of the entire company.
"Our goal is to get production up and running as soon as possible", said spokesperson Mark Truby. "It's a full team effort and we're confident that any impacts will be short-term". The shutdowns may last for several weeks. "Adjustments and changes are being made hour by hour as the company is engaged in getting the parts needed to maintain our normal production schedule".
The good news for Ford is that dealer inventories are now 84 days on average, which will ensure supply for consumers at the retail level over the short term. That's enough that there won't be any shortages in the near term. Those shortages are typical when vehicle inventory falls below 50 days.
"The F-Series platform is critically important to Ford", said Emmanuel Rosner, an analyst with Guggenheim Securities LLC. But the company acknowledged that the shortage is expected to hurt its near-term results.
The production shutdowns follow an explosion and fire last week at a Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, which makes die-cast parts essential to F-150 production.
Production fo the F-Series Super Duty is also down at the Kentucky Truck Plant.
General Motors' Chevy and GMC brands are launching new full-size competitors to the F-150 and won't have all-new trucks until later this year.
Kansas City's furlough takes place May 7-14 and will see almost 3,600 workers temporarily laid off. Instead, they'll make more of an older minivan as the company works with Meridian to get more Pacifica parts.
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