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Oct 15, 2016

FORD's Trucks news * USA: Parts issue’ slowed F-Series Super Duty Truck

* Kentucky - Louisville factory ... "it will be ‘impossible’ to build all of the lost units in third quarter"

--- Ford Motor Co.’s shipments of its newest heavy pickups known as the F-Series Super Duty were hurt in late summer because of unspecified “parts issues,” a union official said, signaling a potential drag on the auto makers’ third-quarter earnings... Rodney Janes, the United Auto Workers union chairman at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., truck factory, said while the issues are being ironed out, it would be “impossible to build all the lost units” from this past quarter. The shortfall could mean overtime work for assemblers as the company races to meet demand for the redesigned truck, among the industry’s most profitable products... Last year, as Ford was ramping up production of its new F-150, the company also struggled with parts problems that forced it to cancel planned overtime and halt the assembly line during regular shifts. That left dealers short on pickups and ultimately dented profit and market share during 2015... 
(PHOTO: LUKE SHARRETT/BLOOMBERG - The grill of a 2017 Ford Motor Co. Super Duty F-250 truck) -- Louisville, KY, USA - The WSJ, by CHRISTINA ROGERS - Oct. 13, 2016

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