Kumho Tire USA is shutting down its Macon, Ga., manufacturing plant April 1-8 “in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.”

Kumho’s plants in South Korea and Vietnam “will support all U.S. market needs.”

The company does not anticipate any changes in supply availability.  

“Plant leadership will use the downtime for a cleaning service to conduct a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the plant, as an additional COVID-19 health and safety precaution beyond those previously taken and currently in place,” say Kumho officials.   

“We will continue to monitor our customers and suppliers' actions regarding their operations and follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other authorities’ guidance to best manage COVID-19 risks and make necessary adjustments,” says Keith Lolley, human resources director at Kumho’s Georgia plant.  

“Our decisions are being guided by the CDC and other local authorities, and we are committed to continuing to serve our customers in a safe and responsible manner,” says Mr. Yong Sik Shin, the head of America business division at Kumho Tire USA. “We are closely monitoring the situation to make sure we are taking all precautions to protect our employees and their families.”

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