May 11, 2020
Chicago-area auto assembly plants will reopen beginning on May 18, as part of a series of reopenings and gradual ramping-up of production by the Big Three U.S. automakers, the Chicago Tribune reported. Ford’s Torrence Avenue assembly plant on Chicago’s Southeast Side, and its stamping plant in Chicago Heights, will reopen on the 18th with two shifts.
Fiat Chrysler’s Belvidere Assembly plant, where the Jeep Cherokee is produced, is to reopen by June 1, the Tribune reported.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that her state’s manufacturers — which account for 19% of Michigan’s economy — can resume operations Monday, which is key for auto parts makers to resume a week ahead of the automakers’ planned phased-in restart.
Factories must adopt anti-coronavirus measures to protect their workers, including daily entry screening and, once they’re available, the use of no-touch thermometers.
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