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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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GM spokesman Jim Cain said the above plants will start with one-shift and in total about 12,000 hourly and salaried people will be on the job across the plants starting May 19.

 

Previous reports listed GM’s Arlington plant as starting this week, but GM said it will now start later in the month. Cain said the restart at Arlington was pushed back based on timing of expected supplier deliveries but, “it will follow quickly.”

 

Schedules for GM plants in Silao and San Luis Petosi in Mexico are pending, he said.

 

Also opening later this month, the week of May 25, GM’s Bowling Green plant in Kentucky, which builds the Corvette and Corvette engines, and Lansing Grand River Plant, which builds the Camaro and Cadillac.

 

Fiat Chrysler plants opening May 18:

 

  • Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit
  • Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
  • Sterling Stamping Plant
  • Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio
  • Toledo Machining Plant
  • Trenton Engine Complex
  • Warren Stamping Plant
  • Warren Truck Assembly Plant

 

FCA's seven plants in Saltillo and Toluca, Mexico, also are scheduled to restart May 18 subject to governmental approval for the auto industry. 

 

On May 19, FCA will open the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.

 

"Working jointly with the UAW, our employees have worked tirelessly for the past several weeks to implement a comprehensive, multilayered program of enhanced safety measures designed to safeguard our employees," Mark Stewart, COO, FCA North America, told the Free Press in a prepared statement May 17.

 

"Progressively restarting our operations will be a welcome sign of getting back to normal and for this reason, every decision we have made about restarting our operations has been focused on putting the health and safety of our employees first," he said.

 

On May 26, FCA will open:

 

  • Dundee Engine Plant
  • Indiana Transmission Plant 1 in Kokomo, IN
  • Kokomo Casting Plant
  • Kokomo Transmission Plant 
  • Tipton Transmission Plant in Indiana

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