BMW and Kia canceled shifts at their sites in the United States on Feb. 12, 2014 due to severe winter weather in the Southeast. The area has been placed under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. of February 13, with snow and ice possibly leading to power outages and treacherous roadways.
Sky Foster, a spokeswoman for BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg, S.C., remarked that the carmaker decided to cancel the "A" shift "to protect the safety of their employees “as they drive from various areas of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina." The Spartanburg plant is BMW’s only site in North America and is the carmaker sole global source of X3, X5 and X6 crossovers.
Kia Motors' West Point assembly plant in Georgia planned to cut its second shift short at 5 p.m. on Feb. 12 and cancel the third shift due to weather-related parts shortages. The first shift was expected to report at 9:30 a.m. the next day as Kia continued to monitor the weather.
Kia’s Georgia plant builds the Optima, Sorento and Santa Fe models. While other auto plants in the Southeast are operating, they are monitoring the weather and may make production changes depending on the weather condition.