List of US Manufacturing Sites Impacted by Coronavirus

March 20, 2020

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List of US Manufacturing Sites Impacted by Coronavirus
Powder & Bulk Solids is compiling a list of US manufacturing facilities impacted by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Image courtesy of Pixabay

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is causing interruptions to manufacturing operations in the United States as companies scramble to protect their workers. Many firms are responding to the situation by limiting access to production facilities or temporarily shutting down their facilities entirely. Powder & Bulk Solids is compiling and updating this list to provide our audience with information on how American manufacturing plants are being impacted by the virus.

AB InBev: A worker at the Anheuser-Busch plant in Cartersville, GA tested positive for COVID-19, CBS News affiliate WGCL reported Tuesday (March 17). “Our ability to serve our customers, retailers, and communities has not been impacted, nor has the safety and quality of our products,” the company said in a statement to the news broadcaster. Coverage by Fox News said the plant is continuing to operate. 

Bridgestone: Tire manufacturer Bridgestone Americas said Thursday (March 19) that it will temporarily shutter its plants in the US on March 21 through April 12. 

FCA: On Wednesday (March 18), auto firm FCA said it plans to stop production at its plants in the US through the end of the month. 

Ford: The automaker said it plans to temporarily stop manufacturing at its US facilities on Thursday (March 20) for cleaning and sanitization through March 30. Ford is working to create protocols and procedures to prevent the virus from spreading and keep its employees safe. 

Georgia-Pacific: Moving to safeguard its operations amid the COVID-19 crisis, toilet paper manufacturer Georgia-Pacific (GP) said in statement to its employees on Monday that it is limiting access to its production operations to only essential workers, contractors, and vendors. 

General Motors (GM): Like Ford, General Motors also announced it was stopping production at its plants in the US on Thursday (March 19) through March 30 to clean the sites and protect their workers. 

Philip Morris: Tobacco firm Philip Morris halted work at its plant in South Richmond, VA after two workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on March 18. The cigarette manufacturer said it would shut down the site for about two weeks. 

Sanderson Farms: The poultry processor told television news station WLBT on March 23 that a worker at its McComb, MS processing plant tested positive for COVID-19. Sanderson Farms said it took "immediate steps to protect the health and safety of our employees," including cleaning the facility.

Tyson Foods: American food firm Tyson is limiting non-essential visitors to its facilities and making changes to its policies to help its hourly workers, including relaxing attendance policies to account for illnesses and easing refill limits on maintenance medications, the company announced on March 17. 

(Updated: March 24, 2020)

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