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Honda Suppliers Going Back To Work

Some good news for Honda: the auto giant says suppliers will resume production of some key parts in Japan. But the company is not saying when three Ohio plants will go back to full production. The auto giant this week took a rare step in ramping down production at plants in Marysville, East Liberty and Anna because of a parts shortage. Just how rare of a step? Dennis Virag is an auto industry analyst in Toledo. "The only situation that would cause a supply disruption like this is a natural disaster," Virag said. Still, Virag said, Honda is in relatively good shape. Compared to competitors like Toyota and Mazda, Honda has a much larger portion of its suppliers in North America. Honda officials said those critical suppliers in Japan will start making parts on Monday, but shortened shifts at local plants will continue through at least April 15.