DETROIT — French seating and interiors supplier Faurecia told employees this week that work will resume at a Michigan plant May 4, after earlier asking some employees to start work next week, while the state’s stay-at-home order is still in effect.
As automakers make plans to ramp up amid COVID-19, many suppliers are caught between customer needs for parts to resume vehicle assembly and state orders limiting commercial activity to those necessary for sustaining and protecting life.
In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order that prohibits public gatherings, motor boating and in-state residence-to-residence travel is in effect until May 1. The Michigan Manufacturers Association has asked Whitmer to amend her stay-at-home order to allow automakers and suppliers to resume production, CEO John Walsh said Wednesday.
While the order makes exceptions for transportation-related work, it doesn’t explicitly endorse automotive manufacturing, said Walsh. The organization has…