By Mike Colias
Ford Motor Co. has scrapped mid-April restart dates for some of its North American factories that are shut down to limit the spread of coronavirus, extending the work stoppage until future notice.
Last week, Ford said it planned to re-open a factory in Mexico on April 6, followed by factories in Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio on April 14. The U.S. plants produce Ford's most-profitable vehicles: pickup trucks and large sport-utility vehicles, as well as commercial vans.
Ford said future startup dates will be announced later. The company also said it is working with the United Auto Workers to redouble health and safety protocols to limit worker exposure in the plants.
Ford, General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have had nearly all their North American factories closed since about March 20. The UAW, which represents roughly 150,000 workers at the Detroit auto makers, has cited several Covid-19 deaths among its membership.