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Ford Suspends All Production of Its Popular F-Series Pickup

The company doesn't know when or for how long production will be down

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    In this March 13, 2015, file photo, a worker prepares a chassis to receive an engine on a new aluminum-alloy body Ford F-150 truck at the company's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.

    With key components about to run out, Ford is suspending production of its most profitable and popular model, the F-150, CNBC reported.

    The move means approximately 4,000 workers at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant will be temporarily laid off, joining roughly 3,600 workers at Ford's truck plant in Kansas City who were told to stay home earlier this week.

    Both assembly plants are unable to continue building the F-150 pickup truck due to a lack of critical components supplied by Meridian Lightweight Technologies. An explosion and fire at Meridian's facility in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, last Wednesday completely knocked out production of components used in the instrument panel of the F-150.

    CORRECTION (Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:52 a.m. ET): An earlier version of this story misspelled Eaton Rapids.