Honda shutting down plants for a week due to coronavirus

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Honda said Wednesday that it plans to shut down plants in North America for a week, starting Monday, to protect workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The closures involve six plants in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including the company’s Indiana plant in Greensburg.

The company said output would be reduced by 40,000 vehicles during the closures.

Honda said it would continue to pay about 27,600 workers.

The Greensburg plant, which opened in 2008, employs about 2,500 people.

Honda is the first major automaker to announce a total shutdown of production during the outbreak, but the General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have slowed their production.

Honda announced in September that it planned to spend $4.2 million at the Greenburg plant to create a production line to build a new crossover hybrid vehicle, the CR-V Hybrid. The plant also makes the Insight hybrid sedan and the Civic.

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