Winter Storms Shut Down BMW, Kia Plants
BMW and Kia cancelled shifts at their plants due to a harsh winter storm that ripped through the Southeast. The German automaker shut down its only North American factory because of the poor weather. BMW made the decision to "protect the safety of our employees as they drive from various areas of the Upstate and western North Carolina," said BMW spokesperson Sky Foster. The company's plant in Spartanburg, S.C. is solely responsible for supplying countries around the world with the X3, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 M crossover SUVs. BMW exports these models to more than 130 countries. Meanwhile, Kia also cut and cancelled shifts at its plant in Georgia. Kia said that the poor conditions have led to a shortage of necessary auto parts. Its West Point plant produces the Optima sedan, Sorento crossover, and Santa Fe crossover. Kia said it plans to operate its plant today, depending on weather conditions. The treacherous weather that has torn through the East Coast and Midwest has headed south. Heavy ice and snow have made it very difficult, causing power outages and traffic accidents. Areas of Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. were predicted to receive as much as 10 inches of snow and sleet. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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