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FCA Announces Ramp Up To Full Production Schedule:

Some Plants Are Back To Three Shifts...

As the automotive industry ramps up production as the COVID-19 pandemic shows signs of decline, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced its North American production schedule to return to its normal operations. Since restarting its North American manufacturing operation in mid-May with one-shift, the company has been using its new protocols adopted by its other operations around the globe. 

A plexiglas barrier is attached to the ergo arm operators used to install front end modules at FCA’s Jefferson North (Detroit) Assembly Plant. (FCA).

As of yesterday, only three of the company’s assembly plants have returned to a three-shift work schedule. Those plants include the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, Michigan (which builds the Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango), the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Sterling Heights, Michigan (which manufactures the Ram 1500), as well as Windsor Assembly Plant (which produces the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Voyager, and the outgoing Dodge Grand Caravan).

A weld curtain hangs over the chassis line at FCA’s Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant to protect employees. (FCA).

Both the JNAP and SHAP facilities use a 3-2-120 operating pattern. For those who aren’t familiar with the 3-2-120 pattern, the plant operates with three crews working two 10 hour shifts, over four days, for a total of 120 production hours per week. The Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (which builds export Ram 1500 Classic, Ram Heavy Duty, and Ram Heavy Duty Chassis Cab) also runs a 3-2-120 operating pattern, but won’t have a third shift until Monday, June 8th.

You can see the plant shift schedule below… 

Plant/Shift Pattern May 18 May 19 May 25 May 26 June 1 June 8 June 15
Jefferson North Assembly Plant (3-2-120) 1     2 3 crews    
Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (3-2-120) 1     2 3 crews    
Toledo Assembly Complex (2 shifts) 1       2    
Warren Truck Assembly Plant (2 shifts) 1       2    
Belvidere Assembly Plant (2 shifts)         1   2
Brampton Assembly Plant (2 shifts)   1 2        
Windsor Assembly Plant (3 shifts)   1   2 3    
Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (3 shifts)     1   2 3  
Saltillo Van Assembly Plant (2 shifts)     1   2    
Toluca Assembly Plant (2 shifts)       1   2  


According to FCA, the official full-time employees back at work look like this…

U.S.: 85% (28,310 of 33,350) 
Canada: 99% (7,785 of 7,890)
Mexico: 88% (12,050 of 13,700)
TOTAL: 88% (48,145 of 54,940)

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