Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is helping those at the front line of the coronavirus pandemic by manufacturing and donating more than 1 million protective face masks per month. Production capacity is being installed this week and the company will 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.

“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,” said FCA CEO Mike Manley. FCA 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 will disclose further actions related to the fight against the Coronavirus in the coming days.

FCA has launched a new Dealer Diversity site designed to support and expand the number of dealerships owned and operated by minorities and women. The site – www.minoritydealers.com – provides a clearinghouse of information ranging from dealer success stories and awards to an online application process for those interested in joining the company’s network of more than 2,600 dealers.

The Dealer Network Diversity team endeavors to support the Dealer Network Operations team in sourcing candidates by creating a pipeline of qualified ready-now candidates for the dealer network through the new website.

Lee's Legacy

July 10, 2019

When Lee Iacocca passed away last week, I resisted writing about it because I felt I had little to add to the outpouring of opinion. Then I realized that was ridiculous, since unlike many writers I had a very personal connection to Iacocca’s legacy.

My father was a patent attorney with a private practice in Detroit in the 1970s. That was not a booming business, unless you wanted to follow your clients to northern Indiana. One day he called up an old friend from law school who worked at Chrysler and asked if they had any openings. It turned out they did, as many rats were scurrying off the sinking ship.

My dad went to Chrysler figuring he’d ride that out as long as it lasted, which probably wouldn’t be long. A few months later, the company announced the hiring of a new CEO. My dad once told me that when he started he looked at the org chart of the company’s top executives. They were all very handsome. A few years later, he looked at the same org chart and all the executives were ugly. But the company’s balance sheet was beautiful.

Lee Iacocca did more than keep the company from going under. He made it a place people like my dad were proud to work at.  

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