By Sahid Fawaz
Trucks are rolling out again – and very quickly – at a Ford plant.
“After being fully shut down for eight days, workers streamed into the Dearborn Truck Plant for the 6 a.m. shift Friday and rolled the first F-150 off the line before 6:01 a.m.
‘We build one F-150 every 52 seconds at this plant,’ said Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker, who was on site by 5:30 a.m. ‘It was beautiful to see, just beautiful.’
She watched the sun rise on the cool mid-May morning as about 1,400 men and women arrived. Mostly dressed in blue jeans, they parked their personal cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans at a lot on the historic Rouge manufacturing site near Rotunda Drive and Miller Road. Hundreds walked together across Miller into the plant, many carrying lunch boxes, jackets slung over their shoulders.
The single shift is the first of three expected to be fully running by Monday after a May 2 supplier fire in Eaton Rapids disrupted production with a parts shortage. Some 4,000 plant workers in Dearborn were affected.
On Friday, plant manager Brad Huff and his team monitored as crews throughout the entire plant tested the tooling and conveyors to make sure everything worked properly before pushing the button to start the assembly line.”
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