04/06/2020

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Hyundai, Kia restart U.S. plants for one shift

Hyundai reopened its production plant in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday, and corporate sibling Kia did...

Hyundai reopened its production plant in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday, and corporate sibling Kia did the identical in West Level, Ga., with both of those automakers preserving the vegetation to a solitary shift for now as they adjusted to offer chains afflicted by the coronavirus and new safety techniques.

Just one rationale for the slow start off at the Hyundai plant was so that crew associates could validate new safety protocols and make changes as necessary, a spokesman mentioned. The plant had been closed because March eighteen, when a worker tested good for the coronavirus.

A different thought in opening with a solitary shift was parts availability, the spokesman mentioned. Hyundai Motor Production Alabama can make the Sonata midsize sedan, the Elantra compact sedan and the Santa Fe midsize crossover.

Just one point out in excess of in Georgia, Kia Motors Production Georgia reopened its doorways to workers generating the Telluride a few-row crossover, the midsize Sorento crossover and the Optima sedan. The plant had been closed because March 30. The automaker cited supply chain fears.

“Due to the ongoing results of the COVID-19 pandemic on our offer chain, KMMG will restrict creation functions to a single shift,” Kia mentioned in a statement.

The Telluride has been in small offer because its was launched just in excess of a calendar year back. The Hyundai Palisade, created on the identical system as the Telluride, is designed in Korea but has also experienced from tight supplies in the U.S.due to sturdy buyer need and production difficulties from the coronavirus pandemic.