Ford idles Chicago assembly plant because of parts shortage

Ford Motor Co. is temporarily halting manufacturing at its Chicago Assembly Plant because of a supplier aspect shortage, the corporation stated Tuesday.

The plant, which builds the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator crossovers, is scheduled to restart output with Wednesday’s evening shift, according to a Fb publish by the area UAW chairman. Generation at the plant was suspended Tuesday evening.

A nearby Lear plant in Hammond, Ind., which supplies Chicago Assembly with seats, shut before Tuesday when 1 worker examined constructive for the novel coronavirus and a further was presumed to have it. A Lear spokesman stated the employees, 1 income and 1 hourly, worked on the similar shift and were most lately in the facility past 7 days. They have not returned to work due to the fact viewing their medical practitioners.  

“We continue on to supply serious-time wellbeing and protection assistance and get extensive preventative methods inside of our operations,” a Lear spokesman stated. “We are functioning intently with area general public wellbeing authorities, and increase our guidance and ideal needs for a full restoration to our affected coworkers.”

The Lear spokesman did not provide a timeframe on when the plant would reopen, but mentioned that the cleaning and disinfecting approach would not be accomplished by Wednesday. 

The momentary suspension in output is the 1st in the U.S. for Ford tied to the coronavirus pandemic. So significantly the automaker has shuttered a manufacturing facility in Valencia, Spain, and requested other plants in continental Europe to near on Thursday.

The UAW has termed for Ford, Typical Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler to preemptively near all U.S. production plants for two months to enable sluggish the spread of the virus, even though the automakers have so significantly resisted all those calls.