Toyota Texas plant likely to be idled due to Japan

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Posted: Mar 24, 2011 9:51 AM
Toyota Texas plant likely to be idled due to Japan

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp expects to idle its pickup truck assembly plant south of San Antonio due to supply disruptions caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"We are informing our team members that, with the situation over in Japan, it is likely that we will see some nonproduction days coming," plant spokesman Craig Mullenbach told Reuters on Thursday.

"At this point, we are still not sure of when those might hit, or if they do it, what the duration may be," he said.

Toyota said on Wednesday it would slow some North American production because of supply disruptions caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, but did not identify plants that would be affected. Sources familiar with the Japanese automaker's thinking had said the San Antonio plant fit the criteria.

(Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio; Editing by Derek Caney)