Honda shuts down Celaya plant due to flooding
The overflow of a canal connected to the Laja River in the state of Guanajuato caused flooding in the access to the Honda assembly plant located in the municipality of Celaya, as well as in several nearby rural areas, which forced the eviction of some 400 people from their homes, as well as the temporary shutdown at the facility since last Thursday night shift, revealed local media.
So far reports indicate that the plant did not suffer major damage or people injured as a result of this incident and that production is expected to resume this Monday. However, considering the images leaked on social media, the situation looks pretty bad.
The Celaya plant, opened in 2014, is Honda’s second in Mexico, after a car and motorcycle factory in the municipality of El Salto, Jalisco. It has an annual production capacity of 200,000 vehicles among Fit compact hatchbacks and HR-V crossovers. More than 60% of its production is exported to the U.S. market.
The Jalisco facility also builds HR-V crossovers and a wide range of motorcycles.