Ford announced earlier this month that it would be temporarily closing all of its North American production plants due to the coronavirus outbreak. Ford had initially expected to reopen its plants by March 30th but announced yesterday that the plants would remain closed past that date. As Ford shutters its operations, its suppliers do not need to continue producing the products that Ford uses to build vehicles. One Ford supplier called Magna International has announced it is closing its seating plant in Shepherdsville until March 30.
The assumption is that with Ford having announced a longer closure this week, Ford supplier Magna International will keep its plant closed down as well. The Magna plant in Shepherdsville produces seats for the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant and the Kentucky Truck Plant. The Ford supplier has 840 people on the payroll, according to a spokeswoman called Tracy Fuerst.
According to a memo sent to employees of the plant, while it is closed, management will perform a “deep clean” to eliminate any potential source of infection within the facility. The company did announce that all of its employees will be paid for 40 hours. The plant shut down was effective last Friday.
Ford is working to clean its factories and support its employees around the world. It still has a work from home order in place, and Ford Credit has announced special ways that it plans to help those who have financed new vehicles or want to buy a new vehicle using Ford Credit. Ford has said that it will pay up to six months of car payments for buyers of certain 2020 model year vehicles. The automaker is also offering zero percent APR financing for up to 84 months on certain 2019 vehicles.