AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is stepping in to help those at the front line of the coronavirus pandemic by manufacturing and donating more than 1 million protective face masks per month, the company said in a release. At press time, FCA was installing production capacity to start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks, with initial distribution across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The face masks are to be donated by FCA to police, EMTs, and firefighters, as well as to workers in hospitals and health care clinics. This action is the first of a multifaceted global program being developed by the company through applying manufacturing, supply chain, and engineering expertise to support the global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Protecting our first responders and health care workers has never been more important,” said FCA CEO Mike Manley, in a statement. “In addition to the support we are giving to increase the production of ventilators, we canvassed our contacts across the healthcare industry and it was very clear that there is an urgent and critical need for face masks. We’ve marshalled the resources of the FCA Group to focus immediately on installing production capacity for making masks and supporting those most in need on the front line of this pandemic.”

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (www.fcagroup.com) will be working through national, regional, and city authorities to ensure that the donated face masks are being directed to the people and facilities in the most immediate need. The company said it would disclose further actions related to the fight against the Coronavirus in the coming days.

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