General Motors Silao Assembly Plant in Mexico will reopen this week following the COVID-19 shutdown.
According to Reuters, GM has said it is tentatively planning to restart production at the Silao plant on Wednesday, May 20th. The automaker is likely eager to get the Silao plant back up and running as it produces the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and 2020 GMC Sierra, both of which are running low on inventory due to COVID-19-related plant shutdowns.
The Silverado and Sierra are also built at GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana, while the Silverado HD and Sierra HD are built at Flint Assembly in Michigan. Fort Wayne and Flint are expected to come back online this week, as well. Some of GM’s other plants are expected to come back online later in the month, such as the Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky, which builds the C8 Corvette.
Similar to its U.S. plants, GM will take a number of precautions to protect Silao plant workers from contracting COVID-19. Employees will be required to wear adequate PPE when on-site and employee common areas will be frequently sanitized. The automaker recently purchased thermal cameras for its U.S. plants, which are able to take employees’ temperatures from a distance to determine if they have a fever, though it’s not clear if these thermal imaging cameras will be used in Mexico as well.
GM spokesman David Barnas said last week the automaker will host information sessions with employees as they return to ensure they are educated on the various new safety protocols it has implemented at its plants.
“Before anyone starts work at a plant, we will conduct detailed safety orientation sessions to ensure everyone understands GM’s safety system and can ask questions. Only after those orientation sessions are completed will regular production resume,” Barnas said.