Supplier ZF Slows Operations

Company follows lead of OEMs at several sites



ZF Transmission Plant Gray Court in South Carolina

ZF Transmissions has suspended its Gray Court, South Carolina plant production due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will like follow suit at its chassis systems plant in Duncan, South Carolina.

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ZF’s decision comes on the heels of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, GM, Ford and other OEMs closures due to the virus.

“We assume that we will have to pause both individual product lines or in some cases entire plants in order to follow the interruption in demand,” said Tony Sapienza, head of communications for ZF North America. “We’re hopeful that this pause is a necessary but beneficial move to ensure everyone’s health and safety and we’ll also take this opportunity to deep clean the facility in anticipation of a return to production at some point in the near future.”

ZF Transmission Plant Gray Court opened in July 2013 with production of 8-speed and 9-speed transmissions for the North American market.

ZF Transmissions is a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global technology company that supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology. Its U.S. headquarters is in Michigan.

The company has plants, warehouses and distribution centers in multiple locations in the United States, including in the Southern Automotive Alliance coverage area. The ZF plants, warehouses and distribution centers in our coverage area include Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Rogersville and Lebanon, Tennessee; Laredo and El Paso, Texas; Gainesville and Flowery Branch, Georgia; Fountain Inn, Charleston, Duncan and Gray Court, South Carolina; and Elmwood, Louisiana.

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