Toyota to delay operations until May 11

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PRINCETON, Ind. (WEHT)- Toyota officials confirm to Eyewitness News Toyota Motor Manufacturing will delay restarting operations until May 11, one week later than initially planned.

In a statement, the company says Toyota intends to gradually resume its manufacturing operations in compliance with federal health and safety guidelines, and local and state ordinances.

Sources tell Eyewitness News workers have been told the decision was made as a result of “supply chain challenges.” Certain Toyota employees, including skilled team leaders, team members, will return to work on May 4 for plant preparation and production readiness.

The sources go on to say production team members not required to work will receive 32 hours of paid time, along with 8 hours of paid time off or unpaid time. Other employees required to work will receive standard pay. All furloughed workers will remain furloughed and retain full benefits for the week of May 4.

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Toyota also shared steps the company is taking to prepare for employees returning to work. These steps include a preparedness survey, staggered start/stop times to aid with temperature checks and social distancing guidelines, new sanitizing protocols, and protective requirements including face masks and face shields.

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(This story was originally published on April 29, 2020)

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