Ford shuts two U.S. assembly plants due to COVID-19 infections

  • Ford shuts two U.S. assembly plants due to COVID-19 infections

Ford shuts two U.S. assembly plants due to COVID-19 infections

Ford Motor Co briefly closed its Chicago assembly plant twice on Tuesday, after reopening following a two-month shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, as two employees tested positive for COVID-19, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker added that its Chicago assembly plant was also closed due to a parts shortage.

Ford declined to say which supplier had the issue, but a person familiar with the matter told Reuters that Lear Corp had closed a plant in Hammond, Indiana.

On Wednesday a worker at the pickup truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, tested positive for COVID-19, Ford confirmed.

The company began to relaunch assembly plants on Monday, promising to keep workers safe and to closely monitor for signs of infection and quickly test workers. "You have to have a healthy workforce, a healthy supply chain and healthy demand", he said. Production restarted Wednesday night. He said numerous auto plants that restarted operations in Asia have been forced to shut down, at least temporarily.

"The UAW is aggressively looking at and monitoring the process and the protocols and how they're being implemented across the country", UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said in response to the incident. Following are developments Wednesday related to national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. It is screening employees entering its facilities while also mandating the use of face masks and face shields as well as employing social distancing practices along the assembly line wherever possible.

According to Ford, when they found out, they started notifying people who were in close contacted with the infected person and asked them to self-quarantine for 14 days. In an interview with CBS Chicago, Ford employee Michael Hopper said the facility where he is employed is "crowded" and people are "on top of each other".