Ford Motor Company has halted work on a $ 740 million project to renovate a dilapidated Detroit train station at an exploited urban office and R&D center. This is intended as a demonstration of Ford’s commitment to Detroit, and as a way to attract younger engineers.
General Kim Carpenter said that General Motors currently has projects underway to support the timing of a limited number of critical programs in just a few plants. But she said younger workers are working under strict safety protocols, which include “performing temperature checks before entering the facility, wearing medical-grade masks, and practicing physical disturbances.”
Startup Rivian Automotive previously said it delayed a year in launching its electric pickup, as it halted the construction work needed to build its plant in Normal, Ill.
The epidemic has disrupted a wave of boom in North American industry including expansion projects and large-scale investment in auto plants around the country.
The Detroit 3s were beginning to boost their factory’s capacity to produce additional pickups and SUVs, and were expanding powertrain plants and expanding operations to support upcoming new versions. The start of production at the Mazda-Toyota manufacturing venture, which was planned for 2021, will be delayed until later that year, said Tony Eberhart, a spokesperson for the project.
The plant was to begin production of 150,000 units for each of the Toyota and Mazda crossovers. Any job that could not meet the recommendations of social disturbances had to be stopped, due to which the project was put on hold for some time this month. It then resumed, but has now been halted due to lack of building materials.