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GM Tonawanda plant to restart May 18

General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine plant will restart production on May 18, becoming the third major auto parts plant to take steps to reopen after a nearly two-month shutdown.

The plant will begin a phased-in return to manufacturing, with enhanced safety protocols for workers. The site has been on temporary shutdown since March 20.

GM recently announced the majority of its North American plants would restart production on May 18. GM said production at its factories would resume in stages, starting with one shift of workers and expanding to two or three shifts as needed.

GM's Lockport components plant resumed production last week with limited staffing, to support GM's Customer Care and Aftersales network.

The Lockport plant is operating on one partial shift with 160 hourly and 75 salaried workers. Entering the shutdown, GM's Lockport plant had 1,445 employees.

Ford's stamping plant in Hamburg will resume production on May 18, as part of a wider "phased restart" of the automaker's factories.

The Route 5 plant makes stamped metal parts for a variety of Ford vehicles. The automaker said the plant will return with a two-shift pattern for the F-series line of trucks, while other product lines will return with just one shift.

The Detroit Three automakers – GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler – and the UAW in March created a coronavirus task force to develop safe workplace practices.

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