Honda extends temporary halt of production at all auto plants

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Honda said on Thursday it is extending the suspension of production at all of its automobile plants amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Honda released the following statement on Thursday:

Honda today announced that it will extend the production suspension previously announced for all of our automobile, engine and transmission plants in the U.S. and Canada. Honda’s original production suspension was from March 23 through March 30, with a planned return date of March 31. With this extension of five production days, operations will resume on April 7.
This extension is in response to the continued steep decline in market demand across the automotive industry due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, resulting in the inability of consumers in many markets to purchase new vehicles.
As the market impact of the fast-changing COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Honda will evaluate conditions and make additional adjustments as necessary. In undertaking this production adjustment, Honda is continuing to manage its business carefully through a measured approach to sales that aligns production with market demand.
During this time, Honda will continue to provide opportunities for associates to be paid including providing full pay for some non-production days and pulling ahead vacation for others. Honda will utilize this time to continue deep cleaning of its production facilities and common areas to further protect associates upon their return to the plants.

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An earlier report stated workers would be paid during this time. A spokesperson for Honda provided a clarification saying, "Honda will offer full pay for two days and pull ahead associate vacation for two days. There is no paid production work available on Monday, April 6 so associates have the option of using vacation to cover this day."​

According to an earlier release from Honda, the affected auto plants include:
Marysville Auto Plant
East Liberty Auto Plant
Performance Manufacturing Center

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

Honda of Canada Mfg. – Plants 1 & 2

Honda de Mexico – Celaya Auto Plant

The affected powertrain plants include:
Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America (Ohio)
Honda of America Mfg. Anna Engine Plant (Ohio)
Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (Georgia)
Honda of Canada Mfg. Engine Plant (Canada)
Honda de Mexico – Celaya Transmission Plant (Mexico)

Honda also said it will provide updates as the situation changes.

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