SALEM, Va. — Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) will suspend production at its passenger and light truck tire plant in Salem for at least two weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning April 5.
On March 27, the tire maker announced it was suspending production at its truck tire plant in West Point, Mis.., as of March 28, in response to the coronavirus.
The move affects about 900 workers at the Salem plant; the West Point closure affected 500 employees.
During the shutdown, Yokohama said it plans to carry out sterilization and decontamination measures at the plant, actions that are in addition to several preventive measures already in effect at the plant to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
The company stressed that it is committed to the health and safety of plant employees, as well as the community, and said its supply position "remains strong with no forecasted disruptions in the company's ability to serve customers."
The 52-year-old Salem plant makes passenger and light truck tires, with a reported capacity of over 6 million units a year.
Yokohama's move comes three days after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order that directs all state residents to stay at home except in "extremely limited circumstances."