Tornado aftermath: Mercedes plant to open on Mon., Toyota plant still has no power

Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa Plant
Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa Plant

Climate catastrophes have plagued the global auto-industry with slow-downs and production stoppages over the past months, and the recent sever whether in the southeastern US has caused more of the same, albeit to a much less-severe degree. A one-mile wide tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Wednesday, causing minor damage to the Mercedes-Benz US International auto-assembly plant, situated just outside the city.

The plant itself was not damaged enough to warrant a shut-down, but the plant did close however, to allow workers appropriate time to deal with personal matters and tragedies that may have arisen from the storm.

The plant will be operating again on Monday. Hyundai and Honda, both of which have facilities in the state, have reported no direct damage, while Toyota’s plant in Huntsville, Ala. remains without electricity after power lines were toppled Wednesday night. Mercedes supplier, Inteva Products, also lost power, was not damaged.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Automotive News