Alabama Auto Plants are Leaders in Safe Restart Practices

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, in Tuscaloosa

Facility Executive Magazine is featuring Alabama’s auto manufacturers as leaders in the adopting of measures to reopen their factories under strict measures for prevention of the spread of virus infection.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama engine plant in Huntsville, “has been smooth since it began in mid-May,” the magazine noted, with controls that include frequent sanitizing in high-traffic areas; reconfigured conference rooms, cafeterias and other meeting spaces.

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, in Talladega County, which began resuming vehicle, engine and transmission production last month, has adjusted processes and workstations to achieve social distancing on the production line.

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama (HMMA), in Montgomery, has been running a one-shift operation of its vehicle assembly processes since May 4, with worker protections that include installing barriers in workstations, partitions on break tables and continuous cleaning of high-contact and high-touch surfaces.

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, in Tuscaloosa County, restarted production in late April, with “safety practices gleaned from groups like the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation,” the magazine reported.

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