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Mar 18 2020

The Detroit Three have agreed to shut down all of their plants to help contain the spread of the Corona virus. The first plant in Michigan to close was the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, known as SHAP, which builds the popular 2020 Ram 1500.

Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, known as SHAP, builds the 2020 Ram 1500. The plant figures prominently in the Detroit Three’s decision to shut down production to attempt to contain the Corona virus or COVID-19. Fiat-Chrysler North America announced earlier today that it was shutting down the plant after one worker tested positive for the virus. This comes one day after the UAW and the Detroit Three announced that production would continue along with measures to deep clean the plants between shifts.

Fiat Chrysler Shut Down All North American Production

However, after a worker at SHAP tested positive for the COVID-19, it became clear that it would be difficult to keep workers on the line because of the fear of contracting the virus. After making the announcement that the plants would close temporarily, Fiat Chrysler released a statement saying, “Working with the UAW and listening to the concerns of our people, we have agreed to cease production at our plants across North America, starting progressively from today through the end of March. While production is paused, the Company will put actions into place to facilitate the steps agreed to through the joint task-force set up between the UAW and the automakers. Through this period, which we will re-evaluate at the end of this month, FCA will work to enhance its manufacturing operations to facilitate the changes agreed with the UAW including shift timings, structures and enhanced cleaning protocols.”

Fiat CEO Mike Manley was in the SHAP plant yesterday and released this statement today. “Working with the UAW, and having visited many of our plants yesterday, we need to ensure employees feel safe at work and that we are taking every step possible to protect them. We will continue to do what is right for our people through this period of uncertainty.”

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