Snow interrupts output

BMW's Spartanburg, S.C., assembly plant canceled shifts last Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12 and 13, because of severe winter weather. Local weather reports said Spartanburg received more than 4 inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday. When the Thursday shift was canceled, the area was expecting 6 to 8 more inches of snow.

BMW Manufacturing Co., the company's only North American factory, is the sole global source of X3, X5 and X6 crossovers.

Kia Motors' plant in West Point, Ga., also canceled shifts Feb. 12.

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant canceled the night shift Feb. 12, workers told Reuters. A spokesman said the plant reopened Feb. 13 but both shifts were delayed by two hours.

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