GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 16)—Three Michelin North America Inc. tire plants are shut down as Hurricane Ivan slams across the Gulf Coast.
A Michelin spokeswoman said the tire maker's factories in Tuscaloosa, Opelika and Dothanùall in Alabamaùwere shut down for the storm. She said Tuscaloosa closed at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 while Opelika and Dothan closed Sept. 15. So far the facilities are slated to reopen the morning of Sept. 17, but that depends on the weather.
None of the plants reported any damage, the spokeswoman said, but Michelin shut the factories down as a precaution and to not put employees at risk. The Greenville-based tire maker doesn't expect any noticeable impact on supply levels as a result of the shutdown.