Ford Motor Co. is having “supplier issues” with seats for the redesigned F-150 pickup, in addition to a longstanding shortage of high-strength steel frames that hasn’t been fully resolved, a UAW official at the F-150 plant in Missouri said today.
The issues “could cause overtime days to be canceled,” Todd Hillyard, bargaining chairman for UAW Local 249, wrote on the chapter’s Facebook page. “But demand is so high for the trucks the company is planning to build every unit [it] can through the rest of this year.”
If enough seats and frames are available, Ford plans to run overtime shifts on weekends throughout November as well as on the Veterans Day holiday and the day after Thanksgiving, Hillyard wrote.
A spokeswoman for Johnson Controls confirmed it supplies seats for the F-150 but deferred questions about production to Ford. Johnson Controls’ website says seats for the previous-generation F-150 came from its plant in Riverside, Mo., and from Bridgewater Interiors, a joint venture with a factory in Warren, Mich.
“As part of our normal business process, we adjust our production schedules as necessary,” a Ford spokeswoman said in an email.
Ford secured a second frame supplier, Tower International, to ease the shortages it has experienced since early 2015. Tower this month began shipping “a small amount of frames but won’t be fully online until November sometime,” Hillyard wrote.