Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has opened some of its North American operations this morning. Nearly 15,100 employees have returned to the company’s manufacturing facilities in the United States and Canada to resume production of the company’s vehicle lineup. The workforce has returned to a new multi-layered program of health and safety measures designed with the purpose of safeguarding its workforce.
FCA has announced that any hourly or salaried employee in the Metro Detroit area showing symptoms before or during their shift will be referred for COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing through one of five major Beaumont Health testing centers designated for its employees. FCA is targeting same day appointments and expecting results to be available in 24 hours or less. For its workforce outside the Metro Detroit area, similar testing arrangements have been made through Ascension St. Vincent in Kokomo, Ind., Swedish American Hospital in Belvidere, Ill., and Promedica Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.
FCA will send employees who are tested home until they are medically cleared to return to work. Employees will get paid during a 14-day quarantine ordered by a doctor. FCA employees also will receive face masks, safety glasses, and gloves, if needed, each day at the start of their shift.
A new set of safety protocols have been put in place at each of FCA’s facilities. Those protocols include…
- Completion of Daily Health Risk Assessment, including temperature check and self-screening questionnaire, for both employees and visitors
- Thermal imaging cameras to verify temperatures of everyone entering an FCA facility
- Masks and safety glasses required personal protection equipment for everyone in all facilities
- Staggered start times and added time to breaks and lunch to minimize large gatherings
- 10 minutes dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting workstations at the start of each shift
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedules developed for common and high traffic areas, including turnstiles, restrooms, cafeterias, locker rooms, and conference rooms
FCA manufacturing facilities are only restarting with one shift at the current moment. FCA will increase its operations at a future date.
Below is a list of the restart dates for the FCA North American operations…
|FCA North American Manufacturing|
|May 18, 2020||Jefferson North Assembly Plant||Detroit, Michigan|
|Sterling Heights Assembly Plant||Sterling Heights, Michigan|
|Sterling Stamping Plant||Sterling Heights, Michigan|
|Toledo Assembly Complex||Toledo, Ohio|
|Toledo Machining Plant||Toledo, Ohio|
|Trenton Engine Complex||Trenton, Michigan|
|Warren Stamping Plant||Warren, Michigan|
|Warren Truck Assembly Plant||Warren, Michigan|
|May 19, 2020||Brampton Assembly Plant||Brampton, Ontario|
|Windsor Assembly Plant||Windsor, Ontario|
|May 26, 2020||Dundee Engine Plant||Dundee, Michigan|
|Indiana Transmission Plant 1||Kokomo, Indiana|
|Kokomo Casting Plant||Kokomo, Indiana|
|Kokomo Transmission Plant||Kokomo, Indiana|
|Tipton Transmission Plant||Tipton, Indiana|
|June 1, 2020||Belvidere Assembly Plant||Belvidere, Illinois|
|Etobicoke Casting Plant||Toronto, Ontario|
|Subject to government approval for the auto industry, FCA Mexico operations are planning for a May 18 restart:|
|Saltillo Engine Plant||Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico|
|Saltillo South Engine Plant||Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico|
|Saltillo Stamping Plant||Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico|
|Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant||Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico|
|Saltillo Van Assembly Plant||Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico|
|Toluca Assembly Plant||Toluca, Mexico|
|Toluca Stamping Plant||Toluca, Mexico|
Construction projects at the new Mack Avenue Assembly Plant (future home of the 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and its third-row variant) as well as at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (future home of the 2022 Jeep® Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer), will restart this week as well.
FCA Warren Truck Assembly Plant Returns To Work Image Gallery & Video: