The latest news from Toyota is that it will temporarily suspend production at all of its automobile and components plants in North America for two days.
The manufacturing facilities will be closed March 23-24, resuming production on March 25. During this closure, the plants will be thoroughly cleaned. The action is being taken due to the health and safety of the company’s employees and an anticipated decline in market demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the release on the company’s corporate website, “This also will allow Toyota employees to prepare and adjust family plans in relation to regional directives to close schools. The safety and security of our employees, stakeholders and community are a top priority and we will continue to monitor the situation and take action in a timely manner.”
Toyota has multiple plants in the South including Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, as well as its joint venture under construction, Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing USA in Alabama.