WARREN, Michigan (Reuters) – The Detroit Three automakers and their suppliers began restarting assembly lines on Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown in a slow revival of a sector that employs nearly 1 million people in the United States.
FCA assembly workers arrive for an early morning shift re-opening at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread continues, in Warren, Michigan, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
On a chilly and damp Monday morning, hundreds of workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) (FCHA.MI) truck plant in Warren, Michigan began lining up before 4 a.m. to start the 5 a.m. shift. Signs overhead read: “Let’s restart.”
“I’m a little nervous,” said Larry Smith, 53, of New Baltimore, who works on wheel alignment away from the assembly line. “They made all the precautions (and) they’ve done everything they can to prepare us … I’m trusting in God.”
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