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North American Production Is Bacl to 88 Pct. at FCA
FCA efforts to get its manufacturing facilities in North America up and running in the face of the continued COVID-19 crisis have been productive.
 According to statistics released by the company on June 3, approximately 85 percent (28,300 out of 33,350) of its manufacturing employees in the United States have returned to work, said FCA spokeswoman Jodi Tinson.
 In Canada, 99 percent, or 7,785 out of 7,890, of the company’s manufacturing employees have returned to work.
 In Mexico, the figures are 88 percent, or 12,050 out of 13,700.
 Overall, a total of 48,145 out of 54,940 manufacturing employees have returned to work, Tinson said. That is about 88 percent of the company’s total North American manufacturing workforce.
 Tinson said that different facilities are running at different levels of production. For example, the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit first started production with one shift on May 18. By May 26, the plant was running with two shifts and by June 1, three shifts.
 Sterling Heights Assembly started off with one shift on May 18 and was up to three shifts by June 1, as well, Tinson said.
 The company’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio started off with one shift on May 18 and was up to two shift by June 1, according to Tinson. Warren Truck Assembly also started production on May 18 and was up to two shifts by June 1.
 Tinson said the company’s Belvidere Assembly plant in Illinois started production with one shift on June 1, and plans are to have two shifts up and running by June 15.
 The Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada was up to two shifts as of May 25, and the Windsor Assembly Plant was up to three shifts by June 1, Tinson said.
 The company’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico started production on May 25 and is expected to have three shifts running by June 8.

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