大火发生在子午线轻量化技术公司（Meridian Lightweight Technologies）位于密歇根州Easton Rapids的工厂中，生产F-150所需的许多关键部件都受此影响。子午线负责给福特供应多项部件，其中就包括安置皮卡冷却水箱的镁制散热器支架。子午线也是福特这一支架在美国的唯一供应商，没有支架，皮卡的生产就无法继续。
F-150是福特的重要品牌。《底特律自由报》（The Detroit Free Press）称，一位分析师发现这款皮卡的企业价值比福特整个公司还要高。去年该皮卡的销量为90万辆，今年至今的销量则是287,295万辆。
通用汽车（General Motors）、菲亚特克莱斯勒（Fiat Chrysler）和梅赛德斯（Mercedes）的生产线也因为子午线公司的火灾受到了影响。（财富中文网）
There won’t be the usual number of new F-150 pickup trucks rolling off the Fordproduction lines, at least for now.
The F-150, a top seller for Ford and one of the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. for more than 40 years, is facing a production halt. Ford announced that it was suspending production of all F-150s, as well as the Super Duty, due to a May 2 fire at a parts factory.
The fire, which took place at Meridian Lightweight Technologies’ facility in Easton Rapids, Mich., compromised a number of critical components for the production of the F-150. Among other items, Meridian supplies Ford with the magnesium radiator support structure, which holds radiators on the trucks. It is Ford’s only supplier of this product in the U.S., and without it, the truck’s production is unable to continue.
Earlier last week, Ford sent home close to 3,600 workers at its plant in Kansas City. The other assembly plant where the F-150 is built, in Dearborn, Mich., will also face temporary lay-offs, affecting approximately 4,000 workers.
Ford estimates that it still has an 84-day supply of the trucks, meaning that the shortage will not be felt by consumers in the immediate-term. However, that may change depending on the length of the production halt, which has not yet been determined.
The F-150 is a critical brand for Ford. According to The Detroit Free Press, an analyst found that the enterprise value of the trucks is greater than that of Ford overall. Close to 900,000 were sold last year, with an additional 287,295 sold so far this year.
The truck is responsible for about 28% of Ford’s total sales, generating $41 billion in revenue last year. According to one analyst, just a two-week production halt of the truck could cut as much as $310 million from Ford’s second quarter profits.
Last month, Ford issued a safety recall on the F-150, affecting nearly 350,000 new trucks.
Following the last Wednesday announcement, Ford shares closed down 1.9% at $11.06.
Production at General Motors , Fiat Chrysler, and Mercedes was also disrupted due to the Meridian fire.