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Ford Motor Co. announced on May 27th that it had temporarily halted production at Chicago Stamping due to the pandemic. It is the fourth Ford factory to close for deep cleaning following the COVID-19 precaution guidelines. 

The company officially refers to these methods as “temporary pause.” Just on May 26th, it has shut down production at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, which followed the fate of the Dearborn Truck Plant and the Chicago Assembly Plant. 

“We temporarily paused production on one line at Chicago Stamping Plant to complete enhanced cleaning and deployed employees to another part of the plant to work,” a statement from Ford reads. “Production on the affected line resumes later today. We are notifying people known to have been in close contact with the infected individual and asking them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“The safety of our workforce is our top priority. Working closely with the UAW and external experts in infectious disease and epidemiology, we have developed safety standards to protect our workforce. In this instance, our protocol calls for us to do enhanced cleaning and disinfect the employees’ work area, equipment, team area, and the path that the employee took while at the plant today.”

Ford has not revealed financial losses potentially caused by the shutdowns.  

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