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Coronavirus and Production Hiccups: Ford Discovers a New Reality

On Tuesday of this week, and again on Wednesday evening, Ford was forced to briefly shut down production at its Chicago plant after two workers at the nearby SHO Center tested positive for Covid-19.

This is the first known incident at Ford since the automaker resumed production at most of its North American assembly plants on Monday, and it highlights a new reality. Production will not go back to normal as long as the coronavirus is around. In order to avoid permanent shutdowns, we can count on seeing temporary closures as cases occur here and there. This time is was Ford, but it could be Honda, General Motors or Toyota tomorrow.

The SHO Center, named after the Taurus SHO sedan that was previously assembled in Chicago, sits about a kilometre from Ford’s main Chicago assembly plant. Workers at the centre prepare parts for the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs.

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