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3/20/2020 2:10:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Workers will be paid
Toyota Boshoku Illinois to shut down for two weeks
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County's leading employer announced on Friday that it was shutting down for at least two weeks due to the world-wide coronavirus outbreak.

Toyota Boshoku Illinois, located just east of Lawrenceville on U.S. Route 50, has confirmed that work will shut down until at least April 6.

The plant, which employes more than 900 people from Lawrence County and the surrounding area, supplies seats and doors to the Toyota plant in Princeton, Indiana.

"As a tier one just-in-time supplier to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) we operate according to their build schedule," said Ryan Hunt, General Manager of Accounts & Finance and Corporate Strategy said in an email from his office in Erlanger, Kentucky. "As of now, April 6 is when Toyota has announced they will restart production and we would plan to start at the same time."

Management at the plant told employees on Friday that they would be paid for those two weeks. Employees have one week of pay coming to them. For the second week, they were told that they'd be paid in advance for five holidays. Those will include Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day and two days at Thanksgiving.

Hunt declined to confirm those details.

"Our company policy is not to disclose information regarding our pay and benefits, but we are considering a number of options to support our team members through the shutdown period," he said.

Rumors of the temporary shutdown were rampant last week, as many smaller businesses adhered to the wishes of the Lawrence County Health Department and either scaled back, encouraged employees to work from home, or simply shut their doors.

"As a just in time manufacturer to Toyota we run according to their production schedule," Hunt said. "We have done our best to ensure a clean work area for our members and encouraged all of them to follow the CDC guidelines regarding handwashing and as a company have implemented more frequent cleaning of common areas in addition to restricting visitors by requiring them to fill out a form in advance and obtain management approval for access to the plant."

Should the shutdown last longer than two weeks, the plants employees would likely be eligible to draw unemployment. Hunt declined to address that scenario.

"Our immediate focus is on the official shutdown and how to support our team members during the next two weeks. We will address any extension of the shutdown as it materializes."


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