Following weeks of still rolling out vehicles from production lines, Ford of North America have also paused assembly in the region. This comes after the United Auto Workers (UAW) union requested the American Big Three automakers (Ford Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors) to hold production during the pandemic.
Ford has agreed to follow the request of UAW and has since halted production as of yesterday, March 18, 2020. Operations will continue after March 30, according to the company's statement. At the moment, all of Ford's facilities are being thoroughly cleaned and they are also boosting their internal containment efforts.
Yesterday, a Ford assembly line worker tested positive for COVID-19, which further prompted the company to action. Since then, Ford instruct people who have had direct contact with the infected employee to self-quarantine and get medical attention; even those who may not have had direct contact have also been asked look out for symptoms and seek medical aid if they feel unwell.
The employee that tested positive works at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. That facility currently builds Rangers for the North American market, as well as the Bronco which will eventually make its debut this year, conditions permitting.
Other U.S plants include Chicago (Explorer, Lincoln Aviator), Dearborn (F-150), Flat Rock (Mustang, Lincoln Continental), Kansas City, Missouri (Transit, F-150), Louisville, Kentucky (Escape, Lincoln Corsair), and Louisville Truck Assembly (Expedition, Super Duty, Lincoln Navigator). Other plants in North America are located in Canada (Oakville, Ontario) and Mexico (Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico City and in Hermosillo, Sonora).
Prior to this announcement, Ford also said that their European production will be put on hold in Germany (Saarlouis and Cologne) and Romania (Craiova). Ford’s Valencia assembly and engine facility in Spain already temporarily halted production from Monday, after three workers were confirmed with coronavirus over the past weekend.