Ford Motor Co. will join the rest of the Detroit 3 in resuming most North American vehicle production on May 18, hours after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted restrictions on manufacturing in the state.
The automaker said it planned to resume full operations at parts depots on May 11. North American plants, with a couple of exceptions, will resume production May 18 on fewer shifts.
Factories that normally operate on three shifts will be reduced to two, while plants on two shifts will fall to one. Ford said its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in southeast Michigan and Oakville Assembly Complex in Canada will remain closed until May 25.
Ford, based in Dearborn, Mich., said it will also call back roughly 12,000 “location-dependent” white collar employees working in fields such as informational technology and facilities management.
“We’ve been working intently with state and federal governments, our union partners and a cross-section of our workforce to reopen our North American…