Winter Storm Closing GM, Subaru and Mitsubishi Factories
It’s not often plant workers get snow days, but when winter weather drops ice and snow by the truckload onto American cities, automakers would rather be safe than sorry. Not that this is a bad thing at all; as workers will get some extra time off too shovel their driveways and ice off their cars.
The storm that is currently pounding the Midwest, stretches from Texas to Michigan and is slowly working its way across the country, turning every helpless car, road, tree and even animal into ice covered with a two feet of snow. This disastrous event has devastated roads and forced automakers to close production facilities until further notice.
General Motors has canceled shifts at its Arlington, Texas; Wentzville, Missouri and For Wayne, Indiana factories due to the weather. GM has stated that more cancellations are possible with Mother Nature continues too poor down wet furry on the United States.
“We will make a decision on a plant-by-plant basis based on what we see the weather doing,” GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said.
Japanese automaker Subaru has closed a plant in Lafayette, Indiana, despite the fact that the all-wheel drive systems on most of Subaru’s model should be able to tackle any conditions.
Mitsubishi has closed its Normal, Illinois plant until at least Thursday. Honda is also debating whether or not to cancel shifts at its Midwestern plants due to weather. All in all, the glorious winter is playing havoc with the auto industry.
There have been numerous car dealerships that have closed because of the storm and because their inventory is covered in sheets of ice.
Needless to say, everybody here at TorqueNews wishes you the best on the roads.