WEST POINT, Miss. — Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) temporarily is suspending production at its truck tire plant in West Point, as of March 28, in response to the coronavirus.
The controlled shutdown at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM), a response to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, is expected to last for two weeks, the company said.
In order to continue to service customers, the plant's shipping department will maintain normal operations along with other key maintenance related actives, according to YTC. In addition, the plant is taking sterilization and decontamination measures to ensure the health and safety of all personnel upon their return.
Yokohama said its "supply position remains strong," but it will work closely with dealers to mitigate any unexpected disruptions.
"YTMM produces commercial truck tires and is a major employer in the area, committed to the health and safety of plant employees, as well as the community at large," the company said. "Preventative measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 are in effect at all company facilities."
YTC and Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi L.L.C. are part of Yokohama Corp. of North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.