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Tornados Force Mercedes Plant Stoppage

Emmanuel P May 4, 2011

It seems that natural calamities are forcing more than Japanese manufacturers to halt their production lines. The recent tornadoes which wreaked havoc in the southern United States have caused both Mercedes-Benz and Toyota to temporarily halt work and close their vehicle manufacturing facilities in Alabama. Mercedes-Benz’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant is responsible for assembling the company’s GL-Class, M-Class and R-Class vehicles.

In Huntsville, Alabama, Toyota’s plant produces V6 and V8 engines for the Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks and the Sequoia sport utility vehicle.

Both carmakers’ manufacturing plants were closed due to the numerous power outages affecting many areas in the South. The outages are not in any way prolonged and were projected to last only for a few days.


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