No one said coming back from COVID-19 shutdowns would be easy.
The auto industry has had the most high-profile restarting process, possibly because it was one of the highest-profile — and largest — industries to almost fully shut down (with the exception of some production of masks, shields and ventilators by automakers and suppliers).
Consider Ford Motor Co.'s assembly plant in Chicago, which opened for production May 18, then had to shut down and clean when workers tested positive, then reopened only to have to shut down production again because of a shortage of items from a supplier where a worker had a positive test for COVID-19.
Our sister publication Automotive News spoke with autoworkers about relearning how to make cars safely, but I think my favorite description of this whole reopening process — and the future of auto sales — comes from Edgar Faler, senior industry analyst at the Center for Automotive Research who spoke to PN's Sarah Kominek about the numbers he's seeing as "just wonky."
"Just wonky" may, in fact, be my favorite phrase to describe 2020.