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No Summer Breaks for GM, Ford to Make up for Losses

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Two of the biggest automakers in the United States—General Motors and Ford Motor Company—are cancelling annual summer breaks for several of their assembly plants in an effort to make up for lost production during the two-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to GM spokesman Jim Caine, the company would remain open from June 29 to July 6.

“Thanks to excellent teamwork, vehicle production at GM’s manufacturing facilities continues safely and smoothly,” Caine said.

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The other big player, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has not shared any information on possible changes in the company’s summer production schedule.

Ford, meanwhile, released a memo online, saying a handful of its assembly plants will reduce their usual two-week break to just one week of shutdowns. These plants include the Chicago assembly, Louisville assembly, and Kentucky truck plant that will be closed on the week of June 29. On the week of August 3, it will be the Flat Rock assembly’s turn to go on break.

Other Ford assembly plants not specified in the memo will continue to have their scheduled two-week shutdown between late June and mid-October.

A spokesman from Ford, however, has not returned requests for confirmation of the reports.

The other big player, FCA, also did not share any information on possible changes in the company’s summer production schedule.

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