NIDEC (US Motors) Mena plant manager Jim Stroope released the following statement Thursday afternoon.
"April 9, 2020 – Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC) plant management was notified yesterday evening that an employee in our Mena, Arkansas plant tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The employee was last in the plant on March 31, 2020.
As a precautionary measure, all employees were sent home yesterday and the plant was closed for cleaning. NMC will repeat the cleaning on April 12, 2020. The plant will remain closed until April 13, 2020, when it will resume normal operations.
NMC plant management has been in contact with local health officials and is following published guidelines from the Arkansas Department of Health and the CDC. We will share additional information when it becomes available.
The health and well-being of our employees and the community is our top priority. The plant continues to follow the CDC’s “Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.” The plant manufactures electrical motors, which has been designated as critical and essential infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security."
4-9-20 3:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG