Yokohama Corporation of North America says both of its U.S. plants will remain closed until further notice due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The suspension of production will continue at Yokohama's commercial truck tire plant in West Point, Miss., and its consumer tire plant in Salem, Va.
Combined, the two plants can manufacture nearly 30,000 tires a day at maximum capacity, according to MTD research.
"Yokohama, which is committed to the health and safety of plant employees, as well as the community at large, initiated the controlled shutdowns to help stem the spread of COVID-19," say Yokohama officials.
"Several preventative measures are also in effect at all company facilities. To ensure the health and safety of all personnel upon their return, the two plants have undergone sterilization and decontamination measures while production is idled."
Yokohama says its other facilities "remain open and operational, including all U.S. distribution centers, where Yokohama’s supply position is healthy. Active efforts to mitigate any disruptions are ongoing as the company continues to work closely with their valued dealer partners."