Mercedes to restart Alabama SUV plant next week after parts shortage

(Reuters) - Daimler AG's <DAIGn.DE> Mercedes-Benz SUV plant in Alabama will resume production next week, the company said on Thursday, after being down this week because of parts shortages caused by a fire at a key supplier.

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plant outside Tuscaloosa will gradually ramp up production as parts begin to arrive next week, the company said in a statement.

The same May 2 fire, at a Meridian Magnesium Products plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, caused Ford Motor Co to lose more than a week of production of its highly profitable F-series pickup trucks at three U.S. plants.

After parts production restarted at the Michigan plant and at another Meridian plant in Britain, Ford Motor Co <F.N> said it would resume truck production at one plant on Friday and two others on Monday.

(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Will Dunham)

05/17/2018 14:00

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