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Michigan Manufacturing Opening on May 11

Friday, May 8, 2020  
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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the opening of manufacturing on Monday, May 11, 2020.This will allow Michigan's automotive sector to begin production again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, but this is an important step forward," Whitmer said in a statement. "As we continue to phase in sectors of our economy, I will keep working around the clock to ensure our businesses adopt best practices to protect workers."

General Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) had said they were targeting resuming vehicle production in North America on May 18, but suppliers would need time to prepare ahead for that date.

Michigan's shutdown had stymied efforts by the Detroit Three and rival automakers to restart vehicle assembly anywhere in the United States, because so many critical parts suppliers are based in the state.

Automakers and their suppliers already have begun gearing up for a possible resumption of work at their U.S. plants, but needed the official go-ahead from Whitmer.