The companies will test workers who report COVID-19 symptoms or have fevers discovered by temperature scanners installed at factory entrances. The auto sector accounts for 6% of U.S. economic output and employs more than 835,000 Americans. Among other automakers in the U.S. Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Toyota already restarted production at this week. In the UK, Aston Martin, Lagonda and Rolls-Royce were the first large car producers to get back to work last week.
“One is we’ve got to have safe work environments, and the other is if we keep the economy turned off we’re going to have a fate worse than some of the things that the virus is causing,” says Jim Hackett, the president and CEO of Ford Motor Company.
GENERAL MOTORS (NYSE: GM)
“Where our coronavirus safety protocols have been in place, we have not seen a confirmed case of community spread in our facilities,” said Mary Barra, GM’s chief executive.
FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES (NYSE: FCAU)
“We expect all plants in North America to restart the week of May 18, with the exception of Belvedere, which will open by June 1,” Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley said last week. The company said every square inch of the auto plants have been cleaned and disinfected in preparation for next week’s restart. The company already implemented many new protocols to protect workers staggered work schedules and thermal imaging cameras to verify self-reported temperatures.