Production remains suspended at Yokohama U.S. plants, including tire plant in Salem

The Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia plant in Salem has suspended production until further notice due to COVID-19. (Photo: Courtesy Bill Groak, Kovel Fuller)

(Photo: Courtesy Bill Groak, Kovel Fuller)

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Just eight days after Yokohama Corporation of North America implemented a two-week shutdown at its Salem tire plant, the company announced production would be suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, April 13, WFXR News received a statement saying the suspension of production at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM) — which produces commercial truck tires — and Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia (YTMV) — which manufactures passenger and light truck tires — will remain in effect.

“Yokohama, which is committed to the health and safety of plant employees, as well as the community at large, initiated the controlled shutdowns to help stem the spread of COVID-19,” the statement says. “Several preventative measures are also in effect at all company facilities. To ensure the health and safety of all personnel upon their return, the two plants have undergone sterilization and decontamination measures while production is idled.”

The release says all other Yokohama facilities remain open and operational, including the U.S. distribution centers where Yokohama has a healthy supply position.

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