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Ford’s Three Shutdowns in Two Days Signal Bumpy Factory Restart

The Ford Motor Co. Rouge assembly plant stands in Dearborn, Michigan on May 18. 

The Ford Motor Co. Rouge assembly plant stands in Dearborn, Michigan on May 18. 

Photographer: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg

Ford Motor Co. temporarily closed two critical factories three separate times during a two-day period due to suspected Covid-19 cases, a practice that could become the normal course of business as manufacturers try to carry on through the pandemic.

Ford halted production at its Chicago Explorer SUV plant on Wednesday when a worker at a nearby supplier facility tested positive for the virus, causing a parts shortage. That came after the auto manufacturer was forced to suspend operations at the factory for several hours on Tuesday after two of its own workers tested positive, according to a company spokeswoman.