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Monday, 18 May 2020 21:05

Huge Day as Detroit 3 Restart At Least 51 Plants Shuttered Since March by Coronavirus

Written by Phoebe Wall Howard, Jamie L. LaReau and Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press
Autoworkers arrive to start their shifts at the FCA plant on Mound Road on May 18. The industry was shut down by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer due to the COVID-19 virus. It was the first day back at work.  Autoworkers arrive to start their shifts at the FCA plant on Mound Road on May 18. The industry was shut down by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer due to the COVID-19 virus. It was the first day back at work.  Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press

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Before sunrise on May 18, tens of thousands of autoworkers will head back to work at factories in Detroit, Chicago, Toledo, Louisville and Kansas City as the Detroit Three start building vehicles again.

Shuttered since late March because of the coronavirus, with hourly and salaried workers sheltering at home, cash-starved companies are eager to safely get the lines running. Now the companies are restarting plants throughout North America.

 

"Some people are looking forward to coming back and some people are concerned. It's a balance between the two," said Bernie Ricke, president of UAW Local 600, which represents workers at the Ford Rouge complex.

 

"I think the companies are doing everything they can to protect people's health and safety," he said May 17, noting that workers at Dearborn Truck will work two 10-hour shifts when they usually work three shifts building the popular Ford F-150 pickup.

 

Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have implemented new safety protocols that include thermal scanning for high temperatures, daily employee surveys that screen for symptoms, and face masks.

 

While the companies say they plan to stagger plant activity, the list of manufacturing factories is staggering. 

 

GM plants opening May 18:

 

  • Bay City Powertrain
  • Bedford Casting Operations
  • CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ontario
  • Defiance Casting Operations in Ohio
  • Flint Assembly
  • Flint Engine
  • Fort Wayne Assembly in Roanoke, IN
  • GMCH Grand Rapids
  • GMCH Kokomo in Indiana
  • GMCH Rochester in New York
  • Lansing Delta Assembly
  • Orion Assembly in Lake Orion
  • Toledo Transmission in Ohio
  • Tonawanda Engine Plant in New York
  • Romulus Engine
  • Saginaw Metal Casting Operations
  • Spring Hill Manufacturing in Tennessee
  • Toledo Transmission in Ohio
  • Wentzville Assembly in Missouri

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