Bridgestone temporarily shuts down Wilson plant due to coronavirus

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Bridgestone Americas has announced the temporary closure of manufacturing plants, including the Wilson facility.

The shutdown will begin Saturday and resume normal operations by April 12. It’s unclear how many employees the Wilson facility currently employs, but all staff are affected by the closure.

“It is a phased, temporary shutdown and we don’t know if it will be for two or three weeks,” said Bridgestone spokeswoman Emily Weaver. “It will vary by site, so I can’t tell you right now how long it will be in Wilson.”

Weaver couldn’t comment about employee pay during the closure, but noted the shutdown will affect all of the company’s plans in North America and Latin America.

“The company has sufficient supply of product to meet customer demand and its distribution centers, plant warehouses and logistics teams will continue to fill orders, but is executing this temporary shutdown to align supply to the predicted demand in the market,” according to a press release. “As the company carefully monitors the coronavirus situation, it is continuing to take action in all aspects of operations to ensure the health and safety of our employees while also addressing the needs of customers and the market.”