After Sunday’s snowfall made it very difficult for many workers to report to duty at Detroit area auto plants and resulted in canceled shifts, day-to-day activities have started resuming late afternoon yesterday.
All of the General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly facilities were expected to operate normally their afternoon shifts yesterday after the Detroit region was hit with 6.7 inches of snow in a storm that ravaged all day Sunday. While snowplows worked all day and night to clear the roads, only main freeways and roads became accessible, leaving numerous smaller streets covered in deep snow on Monday. Additionally, the auto plants had issues receiving the necessary parts to keep production running – Ford for example canceled yesterday’s early shift at the Michigan Assembly Plant, Dearborn Truck Plant and Romeo Engine – with workers returning in the afternoon. “The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we ask employees to use discretion and extreme caution during inclement weather,” commented a Ford spokesperson.
FCA US spokesperson Jodi Tinson added that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had many absentees on the morning shift at some Detroit area factories including the Jefferson North, Sterling Heights, Warren Truck and Conner Avenue assembly facilities. General Motors also dropped the morning shifts at the Lansing Grand River and Delta Township assembly plants, the Orion Township assembly plant and the Toledo transmission plant. GM spokesman Bill Grotz said that other plants will use the time for maintenance and training purposes, with all four factories ready to resume production with the second shifts.