Ford Begins Production of F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant
Ford announced that it would begin production of the 2015 F-150 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) on Friday, meaning both American F-150 plants are now building the aluminum-bodied pickup. The Missouri facility joins Michigan’s Dearborn Truck Plant, which has been producing the new F-150 since November.
We reported on Ford’s preparation process a few weeks ago, with the company using a unique peer education system in which plant employees become experts on the switchover, then teach other employees the processes required to build the 2015 F-150. That preparation should come good once F-150 production at KCAP settles into full swing. KCAP produced the previous-generation 2014 F-150 through the end of that calendar year, helping dealers maintain adequate stock of the hotselling pickup while Dearborn idled.
Sales of the F-150 dipped slightly in 2014, due to that required idling time at Dearborn to retool the plant and prepare the workers for the new F-150. Sales in 2015 probably won’t suffer the same fate, even with KCAP idling for the last several weeks, thanks to the new F-150’s brisk sales.
Ford Motor Company Truck Communication Manager Mike Levine confirmed via Twitter that the F-150’s production rollout at both plants would be completed in the second quarter of 2015, and that the plants would be able to produce as many fullsize trucks as demand dictates.