Coronavirus: Michelin Tires temporarily shuts down plants across North America

Michelin is set to temporarily scale back operations at its plants across North America as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a press release Friday, Michelin North America said it will begin a phased shutdown of some of its tire production facilities in the United States and Canada.

The temporary shutdowns are set to last at least two weeks.

Michelin employs approximately 3,350 people at facilities across Nova Scotia, making them one of the largest private-sector employers in the province.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed to Global News on Saturday that it will scale back production at its Nova Scotia facilities, but said details have not been finalized.

“The situation continues to evolve quickly, but we expect to implement a plan in Nova Scotia next week,” said Phil Watson, in an email.

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