KOKOMO -- The Fiat Chrysler transmission plants in Kokomo and Tipton could reopen next month, although the company is not announcing a firm date.
"FCA continues to make the health and well-being of its employees a top priority," said company spokesperson Jodi Tinson.
"With that in mind, FCA intends to progressively restart its U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities beginning May 4. The status of production at FCA’s Mexico operations will be the subject of a separate announcement."
As the safety of workers became a serious concern in mid-March, auto plants began closing their doors. The Kokomo and Tipton Fiat Chrysler operations shut down March 18. Both are important to the economies of Howard and Tipton counties.
"During this current production pause, we are working with government officials and our unions to implement new procedures to certify the daily wellness of our workforce while also redesigning work stations to maintain proper social distancing and expanding the already extensive cleaning protocols at all locations," said Tinson. "As a result of these actions, we will only restart operations with safe, secure and sanitized workplaces to protect all of our employees."