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Honda to stop operations at 3 North American plants.

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 Kyodo

Honda Motor Co. will temporarily halt operations at three North American plants, including a Civic car plant in Ohio, due to the aftereffects of a just-ended shutdown of West Coast ports, Honda officials said Thursday.

Honda is facing a shortage of imported auto components, because the 10-day shutdown of the 29 ports due to labor disputes blocked the importation of auto parts from Japan, they said.

In addition to a two-day halt at the Ohio plant's operations that began Thursday, a factory in Alabama will give up its operations on Friday and a third plant in Ontario, Canada, will halt operations at some production lines the same day.

The Ontario factory will have no alternative but to suspend operations on all its production lines on Tuesday.

The shutdown was terminated Wednesday after a federal court approved a request by U.S. President George W. Bush to order the 29 ports reopened and impose a 80-day cooling-off period between longshoremen and shipping firms.

But the aftereffects of the labor dispute industrial products and material are still disrupting the flow of the goods.

In addition to the Honda woes, the U.S. personal computer plant of Sony Corp. and the auto plants of Toyota Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have taken blows from the lockout.
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Date:Oct 14, 2002
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