Nissan to close North American facilities for six days


Nissan will cease production at six North America facilities this month as it tries to accommodate parts shipments still in transit from earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan.

“Nissan Americas will re-calendarize its April production schedule to pull ahead previously planned non-production days from later in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to this month,” the company said in a statement posted online Friday afternoon.

While Nissan Americas will operate an April schedule, which is reduced from an original plan, it says it would work to recover lost production throughout the balance of its fiscal year to minimize the net effect to its production volumes.

Non-production days moved forward into April will include:

- Apr. 8, 11 and 18-21 at the Smyrna and Decherd, TN and Canton, MS facilities

- Apr. 4-8 at the Cuernavaca, Mexico facility

- Apr. 11-15 at the Aguascalientes, Mexico facility

The study assessing the feasibility of producing some engines in Decherd, TN and shipping to Japan is complete.

From this month, the Decherd engine plant will supply certain engine components to Nissan’s Japanese operations. This will be a temporary support arrangement until full production is restored in Iwaki, at which time Nissan says it would return to previous engine sourcing.

Nissan’s statement comes after Honda said it would curtail production shirts at several North American plants because of issues surrounding parts supplies.

General Motors has also announced a production suspension at its Shreveport, La., pickup factory the week of March 21.