AKRON — Goodyear is extending the temporary suspension of operations in the Americas region, keeping all plants in the Americas closed until further notice in light of the "rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Americas," the company said.
Goodyear announced plans March 18 to suspend production at its tire, retread and chemical plants in North and South America, lasting through at least April 3.
"We are closely monitoring market demand signals, inventory and supply levels and warehouse and distribution operations to continue delivery of Goodyear products," the Akron-based tire maker said in its latest statement.
The decision affects the company's plants in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the U.S.
Goodyear operates 13 tire plants throughout the Americas, employing roughly 17,000 workers.
The company's plant in Peru was closed two weeks ago.
Goodyear also suspended production at its tire and retread plants throughout Europe on March 18, at least until April 3. It is unclear if those plants will reopen as originally planned.
To further protect the health and well-being of its associates, customers and communities, Goodyear said it is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has introduced preventive measures at its facilities, including limiting visitor access and business travel, implementing remote working and social distancing practices, and increasing frequency of disinfection.