Now, THIS is how to help workers in a time of crisis.
Honda builds a ton of cars here in North America. Ranging from the humble Honda Accord to the Acura NSX supercar, all manufacturing has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As people are urged to stay home to avoid the spread of the disease, automakers will struggle as fewer people will be in the market for a new vehicle. Honda has just announced it will suspend North American production for six days starting on March 23 in preparation for the reduced market demand.
Honda plans to resume production on Tuesday, March 31 but the company's output will be reduced by around 40,000 vehicles during this time. The company's transmission and engine plants in North America will be halted as well. During these six weeks, thousands of employees will be without work. But Honda has a plan.
Approximately 27,600 Honda associates in North America will be out of work due to the temporary suspension of production. This could be devastating for the workers but Honda says it will continue to give out full pay for all of its associates. Not only will this measure help workers continue to pay their bills, but it will also allow them to prepare and make family plans as schools continue to close to prevent the spread of the virus.
During this time, Honda will perform a deep cleaning of its plants to ensure employee safety upon their return to work. The impacted factories include the Marysville Auto Plant, East Liberty Auto Plant, and Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Honda of Canada Plants 1 and 2, Honda de Mexico Celaya Auto Plant, and several powertrain plants.
Other automakers have stepped in with their own measures during this crisis. Genesis will help customers keep up with their payments (as will Ford) and GM is offering zero percent interest rates and deferred payments.