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More tire plants suspend operations amid COVID-19 outbreak

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. is temporarily suspending operations at its Georgia plant and expects to resume production on April 19.  Distribution centers will remain open and warehouses continue to receive products from plants overseas.

Michelin will be closing their passenger tire plant in Dundee permanently, effective immediately.  Initially, Michelin planned to suspend production until April 13.  In November 2018, Michelin announced it would close the Dundee plant by the end of 2020.

Kumho Tire USA will suspend production at its plant in Macon, Ga., from April 1-8. During the shutdown, plants in South Korea and Vietnam will support demand in the U.S. market.  

Yokohama Tire Corp. is idling production for two weeks at its truck tire plant in West Point, Miss. as of March 28.  The shipping department will continue service.

Bridgestone Corp. is suspending production at plants in France and Italy, and scaling back at in Belgium, Hungary, Poland and Spain.  Plants in Bethune, France, and Bari, Italy, will be closed until April 6.  Operations are reduced in Bilbao, Puente San Miguel and Burgos, Spain; Stargard and Poznan, Poland; and Tatabanya, Hungary, as well as a retread materials factory in Lanklaar, Belgium.  The company has sufficient supply in order to continue to fill orders from its distribution centers and warehouses.





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