Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (HPE) announced on March 25 that it is adjusting production at its plant in Swepsonville, NC due to parts supply issues related to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. HPE suspended production for seven days on Thursday, March 26, with current plans to return to production on Monday, April 6. HPE makes a variety of power equipment products, including general purpose engines, lawnmowers, water pumps, snow throwers, generators and mini-tillers.
As the market impact of the fast-changing COVID-19 situation evolves, Honda will continue to monitor the availability of supplier parts, evaluate conditions and make additional adjustments as necessary. During this time, HPE will continue full pay for all of its associates and contingent workers. Approximately 29,400 Honda production associates in North America are affected by the temporary suspension of production of automobiles, powersports products and power equipment. In addition, Honda will utilize this time to continue deep cleaning of its production facilities and common areas to further protect associates upon their return to the plants.