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Bridgestone shutting down

Coronavirus is shutting down one of Warren County’s largest employers.

Bridgestone will shut down its North American facilities beginning this weekend with plans to resume operations on April 6, the company said Friday.

Bridgestone director of communications Emily Weaver said no layoffs are taking place, but the plant will be closing for about three weeks.

Bridgestone says it has sufficient supply of product to meet customer demand and its distribution centers, plant warehouses and logistics teams will continue to fill orders. The company is executing this temporary shutdown to align supply to the predicted demand in the market. 

As for employee pay during the shutdown, Weaver said, “We are utilizing a variety of means to ensure our employees’ needs are met during this unprecedented time, including but not limited to supplemental unemployment benefits, unemployment benefits and direct compensation when ineligible for other benefits.”

Bridgestone says it will carefully monitor the coronavirus situation and continue to take action in all aspects of operations to ensure the health and safety of employees while also addressing the needs of customers and the market.