By on April 7, 2020

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It won’t be a swift return to production for Fiat Chrysler and Honda. Truth be told, the same can likely be said for Ford, GM, and most other automakers with assembly operations in North America.

On Tuesday, we received the latest word on when FCA and Honda plan to restart vehicle assembly.

FCA, which has thus far seen its workforce bear the brunt of coronavirus deaths among the Detroit Three, now expects American and Canadian plants to come back online May 4th. Details about the automaker’s Mexican facilities will follow at a later date, the company said.

“During this current production pause, we are working with government officials and our unions to implement new procedures to certify the daily wellness of our workforce while also redesigning work stations to maintain proper social distancing and expanding the already extensive cleaning protocols at all locations,” the automaker said in a statement.

“As a result of these actions, we will only restart operations with safe, secure and sanitized workplaces to protect all of our employees.”

FCA shut down its N.A. plants between March 18th and the end of the month.

Honda, which boasts a significant manufacturing base in North America, says it has furloughed workers at its U.S. and Canadian assembly plants, with salaries paid until Sunday. The plants, Honda says, will resume production after May 1st.

Most Honda manufacturing ceased on March 23rd, with the company’s powersports facility in South Caroline continuing production until the 26th. Referencing the “fast-changing nature” of the situation, Honda hinted that its return date doesn’t sit on the firmest of foundations.

As for GM, still no word on when that giant might turn the lights on. Spokespersons continue claiming the automaker will reevaluate the situation at regular intervals, but a shaky return date remains elusive.

Ford, which last week announced plans to build FDA-cleared ventilators at its Rawsonville Components Plant starting the week of April 20, isn’t likely to resume vehicle production before the end of the month. A tentative plan to restart a Mexican plant on April 6th and a few key U.S. facilities on April 14th quickly hit the dustbin; now, April’s looking like a wash.

The last communication from Ford is strictly of a wait-and-see nature.

[Source: Detroit Free Press] [Image: Fiat Chrysler]

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5 Comments on “Honda and Fiat Chrysler: See You in May...”


  • avatar
    thelaine

    ANY plan for re-opening is good news. Hopefully, other businesses that survived are doing the same.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    It’s nice to dream. See you in September, at the earliest.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Yes, just getting past peak danger isn’t the same as ‘all clear’.

      Is the UAW really going to green-light sending thousands of workers back into plants in close proximity all at once? No way.

      I predict multiple peaks as people socially re-proximate, then distance, then re-proximate.

      • 0 avatar
        NoID

        A staggered approach makes sense. One shift at a time, introduce more shifts as demand requires. As for development centers, same thing. Bring back a percentage of employees each week for several weeks, starting with the people who couldn’t work from home.

  • avatar
    Michael S6

    By May , the epidemic should be on downslope in most but not all parts of USA. It is possible that workers who are not high risk for complication from corona virus can return to work and use masks to reduce risk of infection.

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