Trucks are money makers for General Motors, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler. And when production abruptly stops, it’s never a good thing.
Ford has shut down production at its Kansas City assembly plant following a fire at supplier Meridian Magnesium Products. Ford Authority reported on Wednesday that the automaker has temporarily laid off all 3,600 workers from the Ford F-150 side of the plant. It’s unclear if Ford will also pause work at the Dearborn Truck Plant, which employs another 4,000 workers.
“At this time, the company doesn’t know for sure when or for how long we will be down,” UAW President and Dearborn Truck Plant Chairman Burkie Morris, said to plant workers.
Meanwhile, GM could take advantage of Ford’s production downtime. 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and 2018 GMC Sierra production is currently online and humming along. AutoPacific Manager of Product Analysis, Dave Sullivan, said in the report that any downtime longer than a week will have serious consequences for Ford.
Production shouldn’t fall offline for months, but it does open a small window for competitors to exploit while Ford finds a solution following the fire. Two people were injured in the fire, but no deaths have been reported.