A fire at the plant of an automotive supplier has caused Ford’s factory in Kansas City and GM’s facility in Wentzville to pump the breaks on manufacturing vehicles.
The supplier, Meridian Magnesium Products, has seen production disruptions for numerous customers after a fire at a plant in Michigan.
Ford is feeling the most significant impact and has been forced to close its F-Series truck plants in Kansas City and Louisville, Kentucky. Meridian makes a lightweight radiator support for Ford trucks.
The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and one of Ford’s most profitable.
GM has halted production of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans at its Wentzville plant.
Both automakers say they are working to get production back on line as quickly as possible.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch