This was supposed to be a long weekend for all of us with the Good Friday holiday tomorrow. But, unfortunately for many of us, it has turned into a much longer break than the planned 3-day weekend. The shops are way too quiet for me without all of you here. And regrettably, it looks like things will remain that way for a while longer.
Honda notified us this week of an extended shut down of their production lines through at least May 4. For the first time in their history in the United States, Honda laid off much of their workforce. Because of the stay at home order, all of us are driving far less, and some of us not at all, which means there is not any demand for new cars. So they’re adjusting their production status accordingly.
Because of continued lack of demand we have decided to shut down all production at Morgal, OSMI and Rose City next week (April 13.) This means that the layoffs for both the salaried and hourly workforce will continue for at least another week.
One of the worst parts of this pandemic is the unknown duration of the current economic malaise we are experiencing. It is clear that we are in an economic recession; the length of which will be determined by how soon we will return to work and return to normal. I wish I had the answer to how long this will be, but I do not.
You will be proud to know that McGregor is on the front lines of the relief effort as we are providing a check fixture for the manufacturers of the face shields being produced by our manufacturing friends in Ohio. It thrills me that our company and our colleagues (especially Brad Hopkins) are playing a part in the production of the precious PPE being used by our medical professionals to fight this insidious virus.
Please keep an eye on the website for more updates as I will be in touch as often as I have news to report.