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Toyota delays reopening to May 11

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 16:32:07-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky officials announced Wednesday that they are delaying their reopening by a week.

Toyota now plans to reopen on May 11, 2020.

Officials say that this is due to supplier challenges.

Rick Hesterberg, Manager of Corporate Communications for Toyota said, “Based on an extensive review with our supplier and logistics network, Toyota will postpone its ramp up of its North American manufacturing operations from the week of May 4 to the week of May 11 including its vehicle and engine plant in Georgetown. As previously stated, Toyota intends to gradually resume its manufacturing operations in compliance with federal health and safety guidelines, and local and state ordinances where our facilities are located. The health and safety of our employees and stakeholders remain a top priority and we have implemented new protocols at all of our North American manufacturing plants to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to follow all safety guidelines and monitor vehicle demand as we carefully ramp up production.”

On April 8 it was announced that Toyota would extend it's shutdown to Monday, May 4.