• Jan 26, 2011
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Ford has to put the brakes on F-150 production for a week, and it seems parts suppliers are to blame. The new truck is reportedly selling so well that companies who make parts for the truck are having trouble keeping up with demand.

Engines for the pickups are produced at the Brooks Park facility in Ohio. A slowdown there will cause 3,000 employees at Ford's Dearborn truck plant to take an unplanned week-long vacation.

Analysts are quick to point out that if vehicle sales increase as some are predicting, more shortages could occur in the near future. However, the parts shortage only appears to affect Ford at the moment as General Motors and Chrysler are currently full-steam ahead in their respective production facilities.



[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The ecological consciousness of American is very doubtful...
      They pray for ecological cars and hybrids sedans with low mpgs and then, as possible.. the buy car like this :-/
      Bah
        • 3 Years Ago
        @andrewtheboss

        WTF are you talking about? grats at steriotyping and then making an uninformed statment. Do you think movie start / the social elitests and political figures really share the same views as middle class america?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey Andrew the boss. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make. You have the grammer of a 3 year old.

        Not all of us have your needs. We can't all drive around in econoboxes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        Could you imagine a contractor trying to haul a load of bricks, or a farmer hauling cattle, or a retiree hauling a camper with a Prius? Haha, the battery would be dead before they got out of the driveway...and the rear wheels would be jerked out and laying on the ground.

        You can drive a Hybrid as long as you are going to and from an office job in town, or on family trips here and there. But, when you need muscle, power, and the ability to tow...you need a truck. These vehicles run America...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Considering the amazing fuel economy of the new F150 compared to the old, I would say this truck IS the 'green decision' when compared with the Silverado, Sierra and Ram.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well Yes and No.

        You aren't going to haul a pallet of plywood in a regular car if you are a contractor building a house. Businesses will always need these type of WORK trucks. And that's fine because that means the economy is picking up.

        The suburbanite cowboys that want to pretend like they are badasses and buy huge pickups for the 2 times a year they might go to HomeDepot to buy a gallon of paint is a whole other story altogether.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Could it be that those who pray are different people then those who buy pickups? (Could it be that some of them don't buy the CO2 b/s?)
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's Brookpark, Ohio, not Brooks Park, Ohio.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sales are part of the problem, but the real problem is the PRODUCTION rate that Ford has set up....suppliers don't work to the sales rate, they attempt to work to the production rate and Ford has simply set it too high.

      This sets up the suppliers to cheat, cut corners, get sub assemblies from alibaba.com, and so forth.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Knowing how important the F150 is to Ford, this is BIG news.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not to worry- they've been stockpiling trucks for a while now- at Wixom Assembly. They have plenty of supply, as long as their forecast is good. Then again, they might be digging in for up-coming contract negotiations.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats bad news. Not only for the employees at the plant, but because it seems Ford is having to speed things up to keep up with demand, as are the suppliers. Know what that could potentially create? Quality issues. Seriously. I work in the industry, and when suppliers cant keep up with demand and are rushed, quality on parts can go downhill. Im not saying that will be the case here, but Ive seen it before, and I hope Ford doesnt suffer from it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        i am from "the D" and "work in the industry" and you bring up a good point about quality. those trucks parked in wixom are being worked on one at a time inside of a building near the rear of the plant, they are not just sitting there. they are driven there, worked on and car hauled back out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm just glad that things are so busy at all three companies!
      • 3 Years Ago
      andrewtheboss: what a bubbleboy. Our environment is as clean as its been in history but lets just keep spending us into oblivion to achieve tiny marginal increases in reductions of emmissions while Chia, India and the rest of the world laugh all the way to the bank and prosperity thanking us for "buying" their pollution credits. It's no use, as with most, far from informed. Oh, thats right I forgot, pollution stops at the borders!
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