Thai Floods Reach Toyota Plants In Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia And Ontario
Toyota says it will suspend production at its assembly plants in Indiana, Kentucky and Ontario, Canada, along with an engine factory in West Virginia to cope with a shortage of parts, caused by flooding in Thailand. The parts shortage is beginning to affect global operations.
The plants will remain closed on Saturday while Toyota “will continue to monitor the supply situation in Thailand.” the company’s North American unit said in a statement. Before, Toyota had said it would adjust production at its vehicle production plants in Japan from October 24 through October 28, after which “a decision on production hours from October 29 onward will be made based on an assessment of the situation as it develops.”
It is said that about 100 kinds of parts are affected, including electronic items.
Computer hard drives are also begin affected. Online stores and retail stores limit the quanity you're able to purchase.
The linked press release indicates that Toyota is suspending overtime at the listed plants. I guess following the link is necessary to get the whole picture.
Toyota needs to include flood surveys next time it tries to save a few dollars on labor. This is going to hurt.