Production to halt temporarily at Salem tire plant due to COVID-19 pandemic

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

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

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — A Salem tire manufacturing plant is expected to suspend production for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a statement released to WFXR on Friday, April 3, Yokohama Corporation of North America will implement a controlled shutdown at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia (YTMV) — on Sunday, April 5 and keep it in place for two weeks.

“Yokohama’s supply position remains strong with no forecasted disruptions in the company’s ability to serve customers,” the statement says.

While production is stalled, the statement says the Salem facility will undergo sterilization and decontamination in order to guarantee the health and safety of all employees when the plant reopens. Furthermore, several measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus are in effect at all company facilities, according to the statement.

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