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Ford extends plant shutdowns across North America

Ford Motor Co. said it will keep its North American production plants – including its stamped parts plant in Hamburg – closed beyond March 30.

Ford did not disclose a target date for reopening the facilities.

"We are assessing various options and working with union leaders – including the United Auto Workers and Unifor – on the optimal timing for resuming vehicle production, keeping the well-being of our workforce top of mind," said Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford North America. "In light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Ford is not planning to restart our plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as originally hoped."

Ford's Route 5 plant has about 1,100 hourly and salaried employees.

"Ford’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders," Galhotra said.

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