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Production Restarts At FCA North American Facilities:

U.S. & Canadian Workforce Return To Work This Week...

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.

Employees reporting to work at the Warren Truck Plant go through new entry procedures to verify their health before entering the plant. (FCA).

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.

Three employees at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant simultaneously work on an engine, separated by weld curtain and Plexiglas. (FCA).

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. 

An employee at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant cleans tools at his workstation during the first 10 minutes of every shift. (FCA).

Below is a list of the restart dates for the FCA North American operations… 

FCA North American Manufacturing
Restart Date Plant* Location
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:

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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