Coronavirus could be big moment in history for Detroit automakers

It can be dizzying in the spin cycle as history happens around us, but a historical group that celebrates the automobile industry and Detroit’s wartime efforts is giving a nod to contributions Michigan companies are making against a new opponent – coronavirus.

The Motor Cities National Heritage Area Partnership at motorcities.org chronicles the automobile and how it has shaped life in Michigan and beyond.

A section of its site, Arsenal of Democracy Resources, details the last time Detroit’s automakers, engineers and assembly workers saved the country – World War II.

In an update, the group points to projects such as GM’s and Ford’s rapid switch from car parts to ventilators, respirators and face shields and other companies in the state making hand sanitizer. “Many have dubbed this new fight the ‘Arsenal of Health,’ ” the website says.

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Reliving the last fight

Under government command and working on government contracts, the auto industry ceased production of civilian vehicles early in 1942 as Detroit became the driving force in what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “The Arsenal of Democracy.”

It can be dizzying in the spin cycle as history happens around us, but a historical group that celebrates the automobile industry and Detroit’s wartime efforts is giving a nod to contributions Michigan companies are making against a new opponent – coronavirus.

The Motor Cities National Heritage Area Partnership at motorcities.org chronicles the automobile and how it has shaped life in Michigan and beyond.

A section of its site, Arsenal of Democracy Resources, details the last time Detroit’s automakers, engineers and assembly workers saved the country – World War II.

In an update, the group points to projects such as GM’s and Ford’s rapid switch from car parts to ventilators, respirators and face shields and other companies in the state making hand sanitizer. “Many have dubbed this new fight the ‘Arsenal of Health,’ ” the website says.

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