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Monday, 11 May 2020 19:04

Why 2 Ford Plants in North America are Missing from List for Reopening Week of May 18

Written by Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press
In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, United Auto Workers assemblymen work on 2018 Ford F-150 trucks being assembled at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, MI. Ford is suspending its dividend to preserve cash as vehicles sales fade due to the coronavirus outbreak In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, United Auto Workers assemblymen work on 2018 Ford F-150 trucks being assembled at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, MI. Ford is suspending its dividend to preserve cash as vehicles sales fade due to the coronavirus outbreak Carlos Osorio, Associated Press

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Ford Motor confirmed May 10 it is finalizing plans to get factory production in the U.S., Canada and Mexico up and running by the end of May.

And while pickup trucks are the most lucrative vehicles for the Dearborn, MI, automaker, Ford is committed to a full push that will have all operations underway in its most profitable part of the world by June.

 

In North America, Ford is calling back approximately 71,000 hourly and salaried workers during the week of May 18, with an estimated 59,300 workers returning to work in the U.S., and 5,300 in Canada and 6,775 in Mexico, said Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and communications manager.

 

Openings during the week of May 18:

 

  • Chicago Assembly to build Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor SUV, Lincoln Aviator
  • Dearborn Truck to build Ford F-150 and F-150 Raptor
  • Kansas City Assembly in Claycomo, MO, to build Ford F-150 and Transit
  • Kentucky Truck in Louisville to build Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, F-250 to F-550
  • Louisville Assembly in Kentucky to build Ford Escape, Lincoln Corsair
  • Michigan Assembly in Wayne to build Ford Ranger
  • Ohio Assembly in Avon Lake to build Ford F-650/750, F-350/450/550 Super Duty Chassis Cab E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis
  • Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly in Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico, to build Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly in Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico, to build Ford Fusion, Police Interceptor sedan, Lincoln MKZ

 

Openings during the week of May 25:

 

  • Flat Rock Assembly to build Ford Mustang, Shelby GT350 & 350R, Lincoln Continental
  • Oakville Assembly in Oakville Ontario, Canada, to build Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus

 

Having staggered start dates allow for a smoother transition back to business, Felker explained.

 

"We didn't want to turn everything on at the same time," she said. "We wanted to just do it more slowly."

 

The company takes pride in building one F-150 pickup truck every 52 seconds. But while Ford views the F-150 as its moneymaking machine, Ford also saw significant sales of its Explorer SUV, Ford Mustang, Transit Van and Lincoln Aviator during the first three months of 2020.

 

In addition, the company will continue making personal protection equipment (PPE), Felker confirmed.

 

Ford workers are making face shields at Troy Design and Manufacturing in Plymouth, face masks at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant, purified air respirators at the Vreeland Facility near Flat Rock and ventilators at the Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti.

 

Ford plans to make a majority of its own personal protection equipment for workers, Felker said. 

 

"Ford has more hourly employees and assembles more vehicles in America than any other company---and the health and safety of our workforce is our priority," she said. "Working closely with the UAW, we have developed health and safety protocols building on our experience in China, Europe and with our U.S. plants making medical PPE to help keep our workforce safe in our facilities."

 

Prior to the return of employees to the plants, Ford is installing signage and barriers and putting in place logistics related to distributing safety equipment, Felker said.


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