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Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler are suspending production at their North American plants at least through March 30, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The United Auto Workers, the autoworkers union, had been pushing for a two-week shutdown because of worker safety concerns.

Ford Motor Plant

There were some cars in the Tonawanda Powertrain parking lot Sunday, but no picket lines outside along the plant periphery, as General Motors begins to crank up car and parts production after a nearly six-week strike across the country.

Lee Iacocca, one of the best known auto executives, died Tuesday. He was 94.

Iacocca was a top executive at two of America's largest car companies — Ford and Chrysler. His career spanned decades and several generations. He was known for developing the Mustang and bringing the minivan to scores of American family garages, as well as orchestrating a remarkable turnaround at Chrysler.

His daughter Lia Iacocca Assad confirmed his death to NPR in a phone call.

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Encouraging students to be future vehicle technicians is the goal of a new program by the Western New York Ford Dealers. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the dealers donated four cars to area auto tech schools as part of the Ford Future Techs Initiative.

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Six years ago, the Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg almost closed. Thursday, Governor Cuomo and company and union officials were at the plant to say it will be expanding and adding workers.

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Buffalo's Ford stamping plant announced the completion of a $2.7 million energy efficiency project Monday.

The Ford plant upgraded all of their light fixtures to LED to cut costs on electricity. The project took five months and is expected to save the amount of electricity 1,400 homes would use in a year. S3J Electronics president Adam Metz who worked on the project said the lights should last between seven and ten years.