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Manufacturing Set to Reopen May 11, MICHauto Advised Governor on What Industry Needs

Today’s news from the Capitol marked a big win for MICHauto’s role as the unified voice for the entire automotive industry and supply chain. Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order allows manufacturing to resume on May 11, and included a ramp-up period MICHauto advocated for earlier this week.

Gov. Whitmer’s press release included a quote from Glenn Stevens, MICHauto’s executive director of MICHauto, and vice president of the Chamber’s Automotive and Mobility Initiatives.

“MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber applaud the Governor for her continued steps to safely re-open our economy. Automotive and manufacturing is not only the backbone of our regional and state economy, it is essential to the functioning of the global supply chain. This is good news for Michigan and the nation.”

Earlier this week, MICHauto sent a letter to the Governor advocating for a minimum five-day period for suppliers to restart prior to OEMs so that they could start shipping parts needed for OEM production to commence efficiently.

“Unlike their OEM counterparts, many firms that comprise the automotive supply chain lack the vast resources to make the necessary production, process, and policy changes required to adapt to the new environment in short order. These firms will need additional time to make their workplaces safe for employees and positioned to ship product allowing OEMs to restart,” Stevens wrote.

Under Executive Order, manufacturing facilities must adopt measures to protect their workers from the spread of COVID-19.

Manufacturing facilities must also train workers on, among other things, how COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or suspected or confirmed diagnosis, and the use of personal protective equipment.

All businesses in the state—including manufacturers—must require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from others, and consider face shields for those who cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other workers.