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For Decatur County, the Honda shutdown will now stretch to May 8

COVID-19 leads automaker to extend closure
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Posted at 9:45 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 21:45:07-04

GREENSBURG -- For an example of the negative impact the pandemic is having on the Indiana economy, look to Greensburg in Decatur County, about 50-miles southeast of Indianapolis.

About 3,000 people work at the Honda plant there, located just off Interstate-74. They make Civics, the CR-V and the Insight Hybrid.

But there has been no production at the plant since March 23 and Thursday, Honda announced there will be none until at least May 8. It's the same at all Honda's North American facilities.

Honda had hoped to reopen May 1.

In a statement Thursday. the company said it continues to evaluate business conditions and make temporary adjustments to its production and business operations.

Here is part of the statement:

In addition to the impact of COVID-19 on the marketplace, stay-at-home orders remain in many cities and states, impeding the ability of consumers to purchase new vehicles. As a result, Honda must continue to take steps that align product supply and business expenses with market demand.

That means at least one additional week of furlough for the majority of Honda salaried and support associates.