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Toyota making drastic production cuts after Japan quake, tsunami

By the CNN Wire Staff
Toyota announced more cuts as supply chain woes mount.
Toyota announced more cuts as supply chain woes mount.
  • Production has been suspended on Mondays and Fridays
  • It will run at 50% on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Production in U.S., Canada to be suspended in May

(CNN) -- Toyota Motor Corporation on Tuesday announced dramatic production cuts in North America because of difficulty in supplying parts following the massive 9.0-magnitude March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.

Previously, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), had said it would suspend production on Mondays and Fridays between April 15 and April 25. That will continue through June 3, the company said in a statement.

"During the same period, production will run at 50% on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday," the statement said.

In addition, Canadian production will be suspended for the week beginning May 23, and U.S. production for the week starting May 30.

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No decisions have been made for production after June 3, according to Toyota.

"No layoffs are planned during this period," the statement said. "Team members will utilize non-production time for training and plant improvement activities."

"We are trying to continue production as much as possible and keep our workforce intact in order to facilitate a smooth transition back to full production when all parts are available," said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of TEMA, in the statement.

Last month, Toyota told its U.S. plants to prepare to shut down because of parts supply problems.

Toyota employs 25,000 manufacturing and research-and-development workers in North America. It operates nine plants in the United States in Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia, California and Mississippi. It also operates three plants in Canada and one in Mexico.

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