Ford Motor Co. announced plans to restart production at select number of its North American plants next month, but its stamped parts plant in Hamburg is not one of them.
Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have all said they will keep their North American production plants closed through March 30. Ford recently amended its statement to say it would keep its plants closed beyond that date, but didn't specify for how long.
Now, Ford said it will resume vehicle assembly, with one shift, at a plant in Mexico starting April 6. Then, on April 14, the automaker plans to restart production at a number of other facilities.
Ford said it will introduce "additional safety measures to protect returning workers."
The UAW had pushed the Detroit Three to temporarily close their plants out of concern for worker safety earlier this month.
Rory Gamble, the UAW's president, said of Ford's decision: "We are reviewing with great concern and caution today's announcement. Our priority is the health and safety of our members, their families and the American public."
"These decisions should be informed by data and where each state is on the contagion curve," Gamble said. "The UAW maintains that strict CDC guidelines need to be adhered to at all worksites and that prior to reopening, sufficient data and protections are in place to ensure the safety of our members, their families and the public."
"The only guideline in a boardroom should be management asking themselves, 'Would I send my family – my own son or daughter – into that plant and be 100% certain they are safe?' " he said.