Cooper Tire says its manufacturing plants in the US and Mexico will remain closed for at least another two weeks to protect the health and safety of employees during the coronavirus outbreak.

The company will continue to closely monitor the situation and adjust timing as necessary.

The temporary plant closures were announced on 21 March and include facilities in Findlay, Ohio; Clarksdale and Tupelo, Mississippi; Texarkana, Arkansas and El Salto, Mexico.

Cooper plants in Europe continue to be temporarily closed. Its plants in China reopened several weeks ago and have continued to ramp up production and remain in operation.

The supplier continues to monitor supply chain and product inventory levels and believes it has sufficient supply of product. Cooper’s distribution centres in the US have continued to operate and flow product to customers.

“As coronavirus has continued to spread across the globe, Cooper has put in place measures to protect employees and meet the needs of all stakeholders including remote working when possible, social distancing, staggered schedules, additional cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, restricted visitor access and other necessary steps, all of which remain in effect,” said a Cooper statement.