Ford and GM Temporarily Shut Down All North American Production

Two of the biggest automobile companies, Ford and General Motors, have announced that they will be shutting down all factories in North America until at least March 30th due to the coronavirus outbreak, as reported by Politico.

Ford’s closures came after an employee in Michigan tested positive for the virus, so that the company’s plants all throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico can be “thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.” General Motors said all of its facilities will be shutting down “in a cadence, with each facility receiving specific instructions from manufacturing leadership.” After March 30th, production status would undergo evaluations on a week-by-week basis.

The United Auto Workers union came out in support of the closure, with UAW President Rory Gamble calling it “prudent.” The UAW will be cooperating with the companies’ leadership in the implementation of various “social distancing” practices between workers.

Previously, the companies of Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler had announced the formation of their own “Coronavirus Task Force,” dedicated to the implementation of “enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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