With the effects of the coronavirus virus widely felt throughout the auto industry, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is looking ahead and planning for a production turnaround. This week, they announced plans to resume North American production on May 4th—but not without a few changes.
FCA stated that they have been in contact with government officials and auto worker unions to ensure that the correct steps are being taken to protect their employees. Among some of the steps being taken is the redesign of work stations to create more distance between employees. Read the full release below:
“FCA continues to make the health and well-being of its employees a top priority. With that in mind, FCA intends to progressively restart its U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities beginning May 4. The status of production at FCA’s Mexico operations will be the subject of a separate announcement.
During this current production pause, we are working with government officials and our unions to implement new procedures to certify the daily wellness of our workforce while also redesigning work stations to maintain proper social distancing and expanding the already extensive cleaning protocols at all locations. As a result of these actions, we will only restart operations with safe, secure and sanitized workplaces to protect all of our employees.”
A couple weeks back, we posted another blog about FCA’s efforts to produce and donate protective face masks for those healthcare workers on the frontlines. You can read about that here: LINK