Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said on a conference call with investors on Tuesday that it would resume operations on May 18,media reported. The FCA’s North American plant was closed on March 18th to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. If scheduled to resume work on May 18, the company could make it the first U.S. automaker to resume production in the U.S.
The FCA is understood to be planning to restart most of its production facilities in the U.S. and Canada on May 18, though its plant in Bellevue, Illinois, will remain closed until June 1.
In an interview with Roadshow, an FCA spokesman said: “The FCA remains focused on implementing strong agreements that will convince our employees that we have taken all precautions to ensure that our facilities are safe and detoxified when it comes to resuming production.” “
But the FCA said the Plant in Mexico would continue to close.
The carmaker also stressed that it had drawn up a restart plan under the guidance of the UAW, the Canadian Federation of Trade Unions and local governments. This week, many U.S. states began lifting home segregation orders in order to restore the state economy in stages.
Ford, meanwhile, said it had not yet set a timetable for restarting its North American production facility and was still assessing the situation. GM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.