As the coronavirus continues to take its toll across the globe, vehicle manufacturing facilities are also being hit hard. Brands such as Toyota, Volkswagen, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ford, as well as Mercedes-Benz have decided to close shop for the time being.
Now, General Motors (GM) has also joined the long list of manufacturers temporarily halting production. The company confirmed that it will begin a systematic, orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to the pandemic, and current market conditions. During the two-week closure, GM will conduct deep cleaning procedures in order to ensure that the factories are safe for employees.
“GM and the United Auto Workers (UAW) have always put the health and safety of the people entering GM plants first, and we have agreed to a systematic, orderly suspension of production to aid in fighting COVID-19/coronavirus. We have been taking extraordinary precautions around the world to keep our plant environments safe and recent developments in North America make it clear this is the right thing to do now,” said Mary Barra, Chairman, and CEO of GM.
Rory Gamble, president of UAW, said that members of the union will benefit from the recent announcement. Moreover, the temporary suspension will allow them the time to review the best practices and to prevent the spread of the contagious disease.
“UAW members, their families, and our communities will benefit from today’s announcement with the certainty that we are doing all that we can to protect our health and safety during this pandemic. We appreciate General Motors' actions today and will continue to work with them on health and safety plans to be implemented when we resume production,” added Gamble.
Production at GM's facilities will remain suspended until at least March 30. With it, customers can expect some delays in the delivery of their brand-new Buick, Chevrolet, GMC or Cadillac.