No, those folks in fire fighter gear were not dressed up for Halloween in Dearborn, Michigan, yesterday – they were legit.
Ford reported that its world headquarters building was evacuated yesterday, after a fire started in the facility’s basement. The fire came from an electrical substation, and caused power to be cut off to the HQ and to the adjacent Ford Credit office buildings.
A report from the Detroit Free Press indicates that the fire was contained by midday yesterday, with no injuries. The headquarters reopened this morning.
The power cut has impacted typical reporting on U.S. sales, as well. In a press release, the company said that battery backups worked as designed to protect on of its main data centers, the lack of power on Monday will delay the normal first-of-the-month reporting. We’re told to look for October sales results later this week, along with a press release and an 8-K filing.
Source: The Detroit Free Press
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 31, 2016 – Due to a fire at Ford’s World Headquarters today, the company’s U.S. October sales will not be released on Tuesday.
The fire at an electrical substation interrupted power to Ford World Headquarters and the adjacent Ford Credit office buildings, as well as to one of the company’s main data centers that the company and its dealers use to report and track sales. While battery backups worked as intended to protect data saved in the system, the lack of full power resulted in the data center being shut down for most of Monday’s business day, and dealers were unable to report final-day sales.
Ford expects to announce October U.S. sales results later this week with a news release and an 8-K filing once full reporting becomes available. The company’s monthly sales conference call for media and analysts will resume for November’s sales report on Dec. 1.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.