Honda extends ELP shutdown to wrap up innovation project


Production line workers at Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.’s East Liberty Auto Plant can take an extra eight days of vacation over the July 4 shutdown as the automaker wraps up more than two years of improvements and expansion at the plant.

Spokesman Chris Tucker said the associates were notified in early June of the production change which will halt vehicle assembly until July 16.

Production workers will have the option of reporting for work during six of the eight days, taking vacation or staying home with no pay and no attendance penalty.

Mr. Tucker said worker safety led the automaker to declare two of the days as mandatory no-work days.

There are around 2,400 employees at ELP, but not all are assembly line workers. Mr. Tucker said the exempt associates will be expected to show up for work each day.

Honda announced in 2011 that it was investing $400 million in ELP to update and improve its production operation.


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