Honda will resume assembly operations at its plant in Celaya, Guanajuato until mid-November, due to the damages caused by the June 28 flood, said the Japanese automaker in a statement. The company explained that it has not dismissed any of its workers and does not contemplate making any lay-offs.
During July, and once the water was drained from the facility, Honda associates were given the task of starting a comprehensive review of the facilities, equipment, tools and systems to determine the damages and repairs necessary to resume production as soon as possible, without compromising in any way the safety of all those who work there or the quality of the products.
“Our expert teams have completed an investigation of the damage to the tooling and equipment at the auto plant, which produces the Honda Fit and HR-V, and we now expect to resume auto and engine production in Celaya in mid-November,” said the company in a statement.
The CVT transmission plant resumed production on July 9 and currently operates at full capacity, as it is a major supplier of this component not only for production in Mexico, but for other Honda plants.
Production of the refreshed 2019 Honda HR-V is already underway at another Honda auto plant in El Salto, Jalisco about 160 miles west of Celaya, which did not experience any flooding.
Due to a critical engine part that is made at the Celaya engine plant, Insight production at the Honda auto plant in Indiana also will be suspended for the month of August. Based on existing parts inventory, the Indiana plant was able to produce Insight through the end of July and will resume production in the beginning of September.