As the impact to supply chains from the COVID-19 pandemic begins to materialize, auto suppliers are halting production lines in North America over their customers' shutdowns, some laying off hundreds of employees.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based ADAC Automotive, which makes injection molded subassemblies, said it has a "very limited" number of associates at its plants to "conduct minimum basic operations."
"ADAC is working with General Motors to identify if we can support production of critical parts for medical ventilators to serve the health care industry and protect our fellow Americans," the supplier said in an emailed statement to Automotive News, a sister publication of Plastics News.
On March 20, Ventra Salem LLC, a subsidiary of auto parts giant Flex-N-Gate Corp., notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services it would temporarily stop production due to the virus.
The company told the state that 794 employees could be affected by the temporary shutdown. Flex-N-Gate, based in Urbana, Ill., did not respond to Plastics News' request for comment. Ventra is an injection molding bumper fascia supplier within Flex-N-Gate.