• Apr 21st 2011 at 9:01AM
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Toyota will continue its three-days-a-week schedule at North American plants for the rest of April and May, due to continued parts shortages as a result of the March 11 Japan earthquake. Toyota's original production suspension halted lines on Mondays and Fridays from April 15 to April 25, but will be extended to include April 26 to June 3.

When Toyota's U.S. plants are building cars during that period, it will be at 50-percent capacity. Added to the weekly Monday and Friday stoppages, Toyota is suspending production entirely for the week after Memorial Day in the U.S. and the week of May 23rd in Canada, in recognition of Victoria Day. Toyota hasn't said what its plans are for production stoppages past June 3rd.

Despite the enormous production cuts and work stoppages, Toyota has promised there will be no layoffs just yet. According to the company, workers will spend time during production stoppages doing training exercises and "plant improvement activities." By keeping some production going and maintaining its workforce, Toyota is hoping it can make it back to a full production schedule as soon as parts supplies allow. Click past the jump to read the official release from Toyota.

[Source: Toyota | Image: Toshifumi Kitamura]
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Toyota Adjusts May Production in North America

ERLANGER, Ky. (April 19, 2011) – Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) plans to adjust production in May due to parts availability following the March 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Previously, TEMA had announced production suspensions on Mondays and Fridays during the period April 15 through April 25. TEMA will continue the Monday and Friday production suspension pattern during the period April 26-June 3. During the same period, production will run at 50 percent on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Additionally, Canadian production will be suspended the week of May 23 (in conjunction with the scheduled Victoria Day holiday) and U.S. production will be suspended the week of May 30 (in conjunction with the scheduled Memorial Day holiday).

No layoffs are planned during this period. 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.

Production plans beyond June 3 will be determined at a later date.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe use a photo of an actual North American assembly line? Photo is clearly a Prius, which is only manufactured in Tsutsumi, Japan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with J. Smeagle...what a joke of a company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I gotta give Toyota credit for not laying off its workers. If they were an American company, that would be the first thing they would do. Hopefully this might push them to bring over more component production to the US so as not to be stuck with suppliers from one region of the world if some disaster happens again. Diversification is a good thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like to see the toyota morons gather around the toyota article defending their crappy products...hey, wake up from your mental tsunami...there are many better and prettier cars out there than a nothing toyota and quit insulting others for not liking toyotas...IDIOTS
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is sucks man D:.... my dad works for a Toyota supplier and this effects his company directly as I believe Toyota is his companies biggest North American supplier...
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