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Data Point: 2020 Census Paid Temporary Workers Released

Data will help sorting out the mess created by the US’s unpreparedness for what is now a Global Pandemic with the US a leader in cases, illnesses and deaths. Continue reading

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Ventec Life Systems and GM to Mass Produce Ventilators

Under Trump Administration do-nothing policies that refused until this morning to invoke the Defense Production Act (while criticizing GM? Insiders say that GM was waiting for Government Agency approvals). There are now clearly global back-orders of critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19. Nonetheless, companies are adding thousands of units of new capacity with a significantly expanded supply chain capable of supporting high volume production. GM is contributing its resources at cost. Continue reading

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FCA Expands Coronavirus Relief – 1 Million Meals for Kids

FCA said publicly yesterday its plants across the U.S. and Canada, as well as headquarters operations and construction projects, are to remain closed only until 14 April, dependent upon the various states’ stay-in-place orders and the readiness of each facility to return to production. (FCA to Restart of North American Operations?) The UAW is apparently not pleased with the decision that threatens the health and safety of its members. (UAW Balks at Reopening Workplaces) Continue reading

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FCA to Restart of North American Operations?

Note the irony of an Italian owned company where COVID-19 is raging unabated, assuming a business as usual approach to the global pandemic where the untied sates is now leading in the rate of diagnosis of the virus. Continue reading

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UAW Balks at Reopening Workplaces

“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?” – UAW President Rory L. Gamble Continue reading

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Goodwood Festival of Speed Postponed

Plans for the Goodwood Revival will continue to be reviewed, in the hope that the event will be able to go ahead as planned on September 11-13. A new date for the postponed 78th Members’ Meeting is also being reviewed. Continue reading

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Ford to Delay N.A. Plants Resuming Production

“In light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Ford is not planning to restart our plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as originally hoped.” Continue reading

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Ford Stops Production in India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam

Ford is changing its original IMG production schedule and will temporarily suspend production market-by-market. Continue reading

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Cooper Tire Stops Manufacturing in the Americas

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company today announced it will shut down its tire manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico to protect the health and safety of employees and respond to market demand that has been declining by the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. heads into a recession. Continue reading

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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Delayed to October 2020

BMW will continue to monitor the development of the spread of the coronavirus and expects a final confirmation this June. Continue reading

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Ford Britain Shuts Dagenham and Bridgend Engine Plants

This means production at Dagenham Engine Plant in east London will temporarily cease from Monday, March 23. Bridgend Engine Plant in South Wales will temporarily cease production from the end of the day on Wednesday, March 25. Continue reading

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Nissan Stops US production as COVID-19 Expands

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus at any Nissan facility. Continue reading

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General Motors to Stop North American Production

General Motors executives have finally done the sales and public health math and listened to the UAW and Unifor labor groups and confirmed it will begin a systematic suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities and continue to protect people. The suspension will last until at least March 30. Production status will be reevaluated week-to-week after that. Continue reading

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Ford Stops North American Production

The UAW had urged immediate closings this past weekend, but Ford executives refused to do so during the formation of a Coronavirus Task Force along General Motors and Fiat Chrysler management. Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to Suspend Production

In order to further secure the health and welfare of the employees of the company this suspension will be followed by an already-planned two-week Easter maintenance shutdown. Continue reading

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