Ford will resume production of F-150 on Friday

Ford says which will restart production of its favorite F-150 pickup truck on Friday.

The automaker ceased manufacturing of the F-150 at its plants in Dearborn, Michigan as well as also also outside Kansas City, Missouri — the only two plants which make the truck — earlier which month after a fire broke out at a supplier’s facility.

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Ford said in a press Discharge Wednesday which which might resume production of the truck at the Dearborn plant on Friday as well as also also at the Missouri plant on Monday, May 21.

The company expects production to be in full force at both plants by the end of the day Monday, a spokesperson confirmed.

“Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge as well as also also additional contractors, worked nearly around the clock to get America’s best-selling vehicle franchise back on line as quickly as possible,” the company said in a statement.

Ford said last week which which had an 84-day supply of the F-150, which has been the top-selling car in America for four decades, putting the auto in danger of selling out if the production standstill dragged on.

Related: How the Ford F-150 became the most important vehicle in America

The F-150 is usually a key profit generator for Ford. The company said Wednesday which still expects the production lag to have an “adverse impact of $0.12 to $0.14 per share” on its second quarter earnings, or an estimated $470 million to $550 million.

The production shutdown came after a fire ravaged the Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan on May 2.

To get back on track, Ford recovered 19 dies — or tools used to shape metal into various parts — through the “badly damaged” Michigan facility, Ford said. One of the dies, weighing in at 87,000 pounds, was moved to a plant in Britain via a 30-hour flight on a massive Antonov cargo plane, the company said.

Production of the Ford F-Series Super Duty, a larger variation of the F-150 pickup whose production at a plant in Louisville, Kentucky was also impacted, is usually slated to restart on Monday as well, the company said Wednesday.

The Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant where the fire broke out also produces parts for additional automakers.

Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) said which production of its Chrysler Pacifica SUV at its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, was still impacted as of Wednesday. FCA said which had no production disruptions at any of its additional facilities to date.

— sy88pgw’s Chris Isidore as well as also also Danielle Wiener-Bronner contributed to which report.

sy88pgw (fresh York) First published May 16, 2018: 4:54 PM ET