Nokian Tires has decided to temporarily cease production at its factories to guarantee the healthy and safety of its employees against the COVID-19 outbreak.
The company’s US factory in Dayton closed on March 27, and will last a minimum of two weeks. At Nokian’s Russian factory, the production shutdown started on March 30 and will last for a week. The company says it will continue supplying customers through its regional warehouses.
A two-week shutdown at Nokian’s factory in Finland will begin on April 6th. This includes both the personal car tire production as well as Nokian Heavy Tires’ production.
“We have completed the necessary preparations at both factories and are ready to follow guidelines provided by local authorities. The company will continue to take all reasonable steps necessary to help limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Esa Eronen, SVP, Supply Operations at Nokian Tires.
“We have temporarily suspended all business travel and asked our employees not to have face-to-face meetings. Nokian has issued self-quarantine rules to employees traveling internationally on high outbreak areas. All travelers, business or leisure, are expected to stay in self-quarantine for 14 days after returning. In the United States, we have postponed recruitment of additional employees at the Dayton factory. We are monitoring the situation and will resume the hiring process as circumstances allow,” the company said in a separate press statement.