Toyota extending production suspension at plants

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Due to the rising cases of coronavirus, Toyota has decided to extend its temporary suspension of car production across its plants.

On March 19, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana told us all Toyota plants were halting production until April 6.

The following statement was released Thursday from Stacey Carr, the manager of corporate communications at Toyota Manufacturing North America:

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and decline in vehicle demand, Toyota is further extending the length of its production suspension at all of its automobile and components plants in North America, including Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The manufacturing facilities will remain closed through April 17, resuming production on April 20. Our service parts operations and finished vehicle logistics centers will continue to operate in order to continue meeting the needs of our customers. We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action in a timely manner. We will pay Toyota Indiana Production, Skilled and Track team members through April 10, 2020. Given the sales impact to the business, we will not be able to extend the pay period beyond what has been designated thus far.  Team members have the option to use paid time off or unpaid time off the week of April 13.”

TMMI officials have reported an employee tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. TMMI says the employee last worked at the plant on March 17, and has since been off.

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(This story was originally published on March 26, 2020)

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