Ford said late Friday (May 11) it hopes to resume production of F-150 pickups as soon as next Friday, May 18. 

Kelli Felker, Ford spokeswoman, said, “Our teams are working tirelessly and around the clock to get our bestselling vehicle back into production as fast as possible. This situation remains very fluid.”

The Detroit Free Press reported that the automotive parts factory that caught fire this month, halting production of the best-selling Ford F-150 truck and leading to thousands of layoffs around the country, told the Free Press earlier Friday it hopes to have its plant running by June 1.

“We’re trying to have production up as soon as possible. It’s safe to say before June 1,” said Benjamin Wu, chief legal officer and public affairs director for Meridian Magnesium Products of America.

Ford said earlier in the week it is seeking to relocate needed equipment to supply key parts from Meridian operations in Ontario, but faces huge logistical challenges.

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