Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Mike Manley said in an email to employees over the weekend that the company plans to produce masks at a plant in China to support U.S. health care workers,media reported. With the spread of the new coronavirus and the increasing number of new infections, masks remain crucial in the fight against the outbreak, while their supply in hospitals is declining.
The Detroit News first reported the email from Manley, which was confirmed by a representative of the FCA to Roadshow. “The quickest way we can provide relief to america’s first responders and medical personnel is to use one of our operating plants,” the automaker said in a statement. So we’re rapidly retrofitting one of our plants in China until the U.S. plant is back up and running. “
The representative gave no further details about when the masks would begin to enter the hands of medical staff, but it was welcome news anyway.