Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that it will extend its production shutdowns at two of its Indiana transmission plants this month.
The company had paused production in its Indiana Transmission I plant in Kokomo and Tipton Transmission plant in the weeks of October 15 and October 22 to ‘adjust inventory’.
“The down weeks have been extended through the week of November 5,” the company wrote. The plant employes close to 2,200 employees out of which 1,950 are hourly and 280 are salaried.
The extension was first reported by Kokomo Tribune. Citing internal sources, the report suggested that employees of the plant will work eight-hour shifts, five days per week as soon as the plants resume production.
The shift changes are also a result of an adjustment in inventory but “all other facilities will continue their current operating patterns,” the Tribune reported.
FCA reported a surge of 16 percent in light vehicle sales in October in the US raising the total number to 177,391 vehicles. The company’s U.S. light-vehicle sales through the first 10 months of the year improved 7.2 percent to 1,857,374 vehicles.
This news, however, comes a few days after the company announced a halt in its production at the minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario for a week from October 29 for the same reason.