Ford, GM and FCA resume production in USA, Canada and MexicoMay 19, 2020
Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reopened factories in North America on Monday after closing facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Detroit Three has implemented new facility safety protocols that include body temperature checks, daily polls for employees who check for symptoms, and the use of face masks.
On Monday, General Motors reopened at least 19 of its facilities, including the launch of engines and transmissions. These facilities will initially begin work on a single shift, and about 12,000 hourly and wage earners will return to work from Tuesday. Venues scheduled for opening later this month include the GM Bowling Green Kentucky plant, as well as the Lansing Grand River plant.
Eight facilities in the United States resumed operations at the FCA, as well as seven plants in Saltillo and Toluca in Mexico, and will open an assembly plant in Brampton and an assembly plant in Windsor in Ontario, Canada on Tuesday.
“Working with UAW, our employees have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to implement a comprehensive, multi-level security enhanced program designed to protect our employees,” said Mark Stuart, FCA Chief Operating Officer for North America on Sunday.
On Monday, Ford resumed operations at 24 sites and will soon open factories in Windsor and Essex in Ontario, Canada, as well as Flat Rock assembly plants and Oakville assembly sites, also located in Ontario.
“We would like to thank the many UAW members who have worked so hard throughout the entire period to ensure that the stations are ready for today, as well as the people who worked on reconfiguring the enterprises to ensure the security of everyone,” Gamble said. “UAW will continue to do its best to protect the health and safety of all team members as the factories open, and we will continue to promote as many trials as possible and full testing when it becomes available.”
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