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GM Suspends North American Production To Help Contain Coronavirus

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) confirmed it will begin a systematic and orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities in response to the Coronavirus. The suspension will last until at least March 30th. Production status will be reevaluated week-to-week after that.

“GM and the 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,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “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. I appreciate the teamwork of UAW President Rory Gamble, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, and local leadership as we take this unprecedented step.”

“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,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “This will give us time to review best practices and to prevent the spread of this disease. 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.”

To ensure that production stops in a safe and orderly fashion, plants will suspend operations in a cadence, with each facility receiving specific instructions from manufacturing leadership.

A General Motors employee works on the assembly line Friday, April 26th, 2019 at Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant in Kansas City, Kansas. The Fairfax facility produces the Cadillac XT4 and Chevrolet Malibu. GM is suspending manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities in response to the Coronavirus. Photo: General Motors.
A General Motors employee works on the assembly line Friday, April 26th 2019 at Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant in Kansas City, Kansas. The Fairfax facility produces the Cadillac XT4 and Chevrolet Malibu. GM is suspending manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities in response to the Coronavirus. Photo: General Motors.

More Information On The Coronavirus:

From the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: Steps to avoid infection.

From the World Health Organization: Understanding the Coronavirus.

From our home state of Michigan: Recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (PDF).

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