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Ford is aiming to restart production at select plants in North America as early as April 6th.

The Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico, where the Mach-E is built, will resume production on one shift on April 6th. The plan will then be for Ford's American plants (Dearborn Truck Plant, Kentucky Truck Plant, Kansas City Assembly Plant’s Transit line and Ohio Assembly Plant) to follow suit on April 14th.

Let's see if they're able to stick to these dates so we can see the Mach-E head back into production!

 

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Seems the Unions aren't convinced yet:
Ford looks to reopen factories in April, auto union not so sure
Published: March 26, 2020 at 9:38 a.m. ET
 

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The Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico, where the Mach-E is built, will resume production on one shift on April 6th.
Sorry but the Mach E is made at the Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly Plant, about 1,000 miles SE of Hermosillo, right outside of Mexico City. Cuautitlan isn't mentioned in the press release.
 

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So what's made at Hermosillo? I swear I read somewhere that that is where Mach-E was being made.
 

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Along with trying to reopen their plants apparently Ford is putting together a cost-reduction plan that includes:

  • No jobs cut, for now
  • Top 300 execs will defer 20-50% of pay for 5 months; Bill Ford will defer all of his
  • Enhanced sick leave provisions etc
  • Will try to reopen factories making trucks and Fusions in April.
 

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So has anyone read anything on when the Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly Plant will re-open... or if it's already open?
 

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To answer my own question I just found a quote from Automotive News

"Ford did not offer restart dates for Chicago Assembly, Flat Rock Assembly, Michigan Assembly, Louisville Assembly, Cuautitlan Assembly in Mexico or Oakville Assembly in Canada."
 

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Unfortunately for the big automakers, Michigan has one of the fastest coronavirus case increases in the country:
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2 Ford employees in Dearborn die from COVID-19
That's absolutely terrible news. It's no coincidence then that Ford is now pushing is production restart date. This time they haven't suggested what the new date will be.


DEARBORN, Mich., March 31, 2020 – Ford is delaying the restart of production at its North America plants to help protect its workers. The company had been aiming to restart production April 6 at Hermosillo Assembly Plant and April 14 at several key U.S. plants – and now has further postponed startup dates, which will be announced later.

“The health and safety of our workforce, dealers, customers, partners and communities remains our highest priority,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford president, North America. “We are working very closely with union leaders – especially at the UAW – to develop additional health and safety procedures aimed at helping keep our workforce safe and healthy.”

Rawsonville Components Plant will restart the week of April 20 to produce the Model A-E ventilator, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, supported by paid volunteer UAW workers. The Model A-E ventilator is a basic, cost-efficient design that addresses the needs of most COVID-19 patients. Production will quickly scale up to produce 50,000 ventilators by July 4 – helping to meet the growing demand in the U.S. Approximately 500 paid volunteer UAW workers will be building these ventilators. At this time, ventilator production will be the only work being done at the Rawsonville plant.

“Today’s decision by Ford is the right decision for our members, their families and our nation,” said UAW International President Rory Gamble. “Under Vice President Gerald Kariem, the UAW Ford Department continues to work closely with our local unions and Ford to make sure that as we return to production all members are safe, and our communities are protected from this spreading pandemic.”

When Rawsonville Components Plant begins production of ventilators, the workforce will notice additional health measures in place. Workers will have to self-certify online every day that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. If they are, they will not be allowed to work. Work stations will be spaced at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing. Shifts will be separated so there is no contact between workers in the different shifts.

Ford and the UAW are also working on several high-tech solutions to help keep our workforce safe.
 

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That's absolutely terrible news. It's no coincidence then that Ford is now pushing is production restart date. This time they haven't suggested what the new date will be.


DEARBORN, Mich., March 31, 2020 – Ford is delaying the restart of production at its North America plants to help protect its workers. The company had been aiming to restart production April 6 at Hermosillo Assembly Plant and April 14 at several key U.S. plants – and now has further postponed startup dates, which will be announced later.

“The health and safety of our workforce, dealers, customers, partners and communities remains our highest priority,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford president, North America. “We are working very closely with union leaders – especially at the UAW – to develop additional health and safety procedures aimed at helping keep our workforce safe and healthy.”

Rawsonville Components Plant will restart the week of April 20 to produce the Model A-E ventilator, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, supported by paid volunteer UAW workers. The Model A-E ventilator is a basic, cost-efficient design that addresses the needs of most COVID-19 patients. Production will quickly scale up to produce 50,000 ventilators by July 4 – helping to meet the growing demand in the U.S. Approximately 500 paid volunteer UAW workers will be building these ventilators. At this time, ventilator production will be the only work being done at the Rawsonville plant.

“Today’s decision by Ford is the right decision for our members, their families and our nation,” said UAW International President Rory Gamble. “Under Vice President Gerald Kariem, the UAW Ford Department continues to work closely with our local unions and Ford to make sure that as we return to production all members are safe, and our communities are protected from this spreading pandemic.”

When Rawsonville Components Plant begins production of ventilators, the workforce will notice additional health measures in place. Workers will have to self-certify online every day that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. If they are, they will not be allowed to work. Work stations will be spaced at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing. Shifts will be separated so there is no contact between workers in the different shifts.

Ford and the UAW are also working on several high-tech solutions to help keep our workforce safe.
But they are still producing (or will be soon), just ventilators instead of cars. We need more effort toward prudently planning to get people back to work while keeping them as safe as possible.

When Rawsonville Components Plant begins production of ventilators, the workforce will notice additional health measures in place. Workers will have to self-certify online every day that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. If they are, they will not be allowed to work. Work stations will be spaced at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing. Shifts will be separated so there is no contact between workers in the different shifts.
 

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There was an article out yesterday from the Detroit Press/News that there was ZERO delay on the Mach E. All of the engineers are working at home. All have a prototype in their driveway. They makes tweaks on their computers transfer to flash drive and upload it. Being electric the concerns are more software related then hardware.
 

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This isn't directly linked to the Mach-E but Ford has now delayed European production until May 4th.

Ford today has confirmed that the temporary suspension of vehicle and engine production at most of its European manufacturing sites is now expected to run at least until May 4.

The announcement follows prior confirmation that production would be temporarily suspended from March 19 for a number of weeks at Ford’s main continental European manufacturing sites (Saarlouis and Cologne, Germany; Valencia, Spain; and Craiova, Romania), with production also halted at its Bridgend and Dagenham engine plants in the U.K. from March 23. The company’s operations in Valencia, Spain, however, will remain in temporary suspension until at least April 27.


 
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