Suppliers are the lifeblood of the auto industry, and as Ford can attest, little can be built without the parts produced by said partners. Workers at Ford's Dearborn truck plant were sent home yesterday, as a vital supplier's logistical problems left the plant without the needed parts to make trucks. Workers were told not to return to work until Thursday, which would leave Ford with about two days of lost production of its best-selling vehicle. Ford's Kansas City assembly plant has also been affected by the parts problem.
The F-150 disruption has little to do with the GM strike, and due to the soft truck market, the lost production probably won't hurt as badly as it would have a year ago. One thing is for certain, however: it must suck to be the supplier that caused this gargantuan screwup.
[Source: Detroit News]