(LEX 18) — The Canadian trucker blockade has reached its fourth day on the Ambassador Bridge. The protest over Canadian COVID-19 mandates is now affecting Kentucky.
According to Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, the plant has experienced delays in part deliveries, causing a temporary parts shortage.
"Due to a number of supply chain, severe weather and COVID related challenges, Toyota continues to face shortages affecting production at our North American plants. Our teams are closely monitoring the situation and working diligently to minimize the impact on production. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia have recently been impacted by issues related to the Ambassador Bridge blockade. We expect disruptions through the weekend, and we’ll continue to make adjustments as needed. While the situation is fluid and changes frequently, we do not anticipate any impact to employment at this time." - Kim Ogle, Corporate Communications Manager
TMMMK reports although there is an interruption in production the plant is open, and work is available.
"Our production control team has been working to secure parts to support TMMK production, however, we will experience impact on 2nd shift (2/9) and 1 st shift (2/10)."
National reports show that Toyota Motor, Ford Motor, and General Motors have been forced to cut production in both U.S. and Canada.