Honda extends shut-down for another week

By Jim Weiker - The Columbus Dispatch

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Honda of America has extended the shut down of its North American plants, the company announced Thursday.

The plants, including those in Ohio, are now closed through May 8, instead of May 1.

The factories have been shuttered since March 23 because of a decline in auto sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the unprecedented economic impact of the fast-changing COVID-19 pandemic continues, Honda continues to evaluate business conditions and make temporary adjustments to its production and business operations in North America,” the company said in a news release.

“In addition to the impact of COVID-19 on the marketplace, stay-at-home orders remain in many cities and states, impeding the ability of consumers to purchase new vehicles.”

Honda also announced that it is extending the furlough of its salaried and support associates for one week more, or until May 8 or 11 depending on location.

By Jim Weiker

The Columbus Dispatch

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