Most Automotive Plants Closed Due to Hurricane Florence Reopen
CHARLOTTE, NC—As residents on the East Coast deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the region’s automotive industry has mostly resumed normal operations, according to a report in Crain's Detroit Business.
Denso International American Inc. reopened its windshield wiper parts plant in Greenville, NC, on Saturday, less than two days after its employees left ahead of the hurricane, which made landfall on Sept. 14. The plant employs about 750.
The slow-moving hurricane caused catastrophic flooding in parts of the Carolinas, with some areas receiving as much as 40 inches of rain. The storm knocked out power to several assembly plants, including Robert Bosch LLC’s factory in New Bern, NC. That site has remained without power and is still closed. There has been no other damage or flooding to the plant. On the other hand, Bosch’s factory in Charleston, SC, resumed normal operations Monday.
Volvo idled operations at its new assembly plant near Charleston, but resumed operations Monday with no major damage to the plant.