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Return To Work: Ford Resumes US Production

The COVID-19 virus has halted the world as we knew it, but eventually, things would need to get going again. Auto manufacturers like Ford have been affected like the rest of us, but today, May 18, 2020, they resumed production and operations in the United States.

Ford employs approximately 190,000 people worldwide and this is the first step in getting the blue oval back up and running by bringing back approximately 12,000 employees who are not able to do their jobs off-site. It is a great sign for the US and the economy to see a major company like this get the wheels turning again.

“The auto industry is the backbone of America’s economy, and we’re proud of our workers’ resolve and dedication to quickly pivot and produce life-saving personal protective equipment during the coronavirus, making a real difference when the country needed us,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford president, Americas, and International Markets Group. “Now Ford is ready to lead the way in safely restarting our U.S. factories, reopening other facilities essential to delivering the vehicles our customers need and doing our part to help restart the country.”

The company has implemented robust safety and care measures globally to help support a safe and healthy environment for the company’s workforce, including health assessment measures, personal protective equipment, and facility modifications to increase social distancing.

“Ford chooses to invest more in America than any other automaker in part because of its rich history here. There are a lot of parallels between how the company and the country face and ultimately overcome challenges,” Galhotra said. “It’s not easy, and it’s not always comfortable, but we don’t back down. We will work hard to come back – aiming to be even stronger than before.”

Ford employs more hourly workers in the United States than any other automaker and assembles more vehicles in America than any other automaker. Last year, Ford assembled approximately 492,000 more vehicles in the US than the next highest-producing automaker.

The Dearborn-based automaker also exports more vehicles from the U.S. than any other automaker, which helps it stay globally competitive. A strong U.S. manufacturing base helps Ford support its markets across the world.

During the pandemic, Ford was not sitting idle as they developed new powered air-purifying respirators approved by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Ford has produced more than 400,000 reusable surgical gowns manufactured from the material used to make airbags and other durable fabrics and shipped them around the U.S. In addition, the company makes more than 1.5 million face shields a week and has shipped more than 14 million shields to all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Guam.

This is a great sign for the world to see as we all try to find out what our new normal is going to be. For more information on Ford and to see their full lineup of vehicles be sure to check out their website.

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