Manufacturing, Supply Chains Disrupted by Tornadoes

By April 29, 2011Economy

The National Association of Manufacturers has many member companies in the affected regions in Alabama and other regions hit so destructively by the tornadoes and our thoughts go out to them, their employees and families — and to all those who have suffered a loss.

Front Page of Tuscaloosa News, courtesy the NewseumPresident Obama’s travels to region today having vowed to bring the federal government’s resources to bear. Both his visit and commitment of aid are very welcome.

The damage to manufacturing operations and supply chains is  also a serious concern. Here’s what the media are reporting:

Associated Press, “Twisters a new blow to fragile economy“:

WASHINGTON — The tornadoes that swept the South caused widespread power outages, shut down several manufacturing plants and could disrupt the region’s fragile economic recovery…Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Toyota and Mercedes idled plants in Alabama, mostly because the factories lost power, and the plants likely will reopen within days., “Tornadoes halt output at Mercedes, Toyota plants in South“:

A Mercedes plant spokeswoman was quoted in the Tuscaloosa News earlier today saying that Mercedes had halted operations because suppliers were unable to deliver parts due to the storms. In some areas, highway exit ramps were damaged and closed.

As of this afternoon, the Mercedes plant had not resumed operations and a spokeswoman told Automotive News it would remain down Friday.

The same weather ripped down utility lines as far north as Huntsville, Ala., where Toyota operates a key U.S. engine plant. Toyota spokesman Mike Goss said today the engine plant stopped work Wednesday night when it lost power. He said the power could be out at least through the weekend.

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