Storm damage from a series of tornadoes in the Midwest temporarily halted manufacturing for automotive resin and plastic suppliers PolyOne Corp. and Owens Corning in Tennessee.
A May 4 tornado hit both PolyOne plants in Dyersburg, Tenn., causing damage to a plastics compounding site and its neighboring rubber compounding operation.
On the morning of May 5, a separate storm virtually destroyed Owens Corning's fabrication plant in Springfield, Tenn.
No one was injured at either company.
PolyOne's employees had just gone through a tornado drill two weeks ago, spokesman Dennis Cocco said. When the alarm sounded about 8 p.m., everyone made it safely to shelters.
The tornado flipped rail cars and tore off parts of the roof. The plastics plant also sustained damage to its infrastructure.
No one was working at the Owens Corning plant when the tornado hit there early May 5. The Springfield site produces VersaMat acoustic composite material and Silentex sound-absorption material for the automotive industry.
Equipment for both lines has been moved to other locations in Springfield, with manufacturing already started to meet existing customer demands, said Janet Galecki, a spokeswoman for Owens Corning, of Toledo, Ohio.
The company still must determine what it will do to replace the damaged plant.
PolyOne has restarted production at the rubber compounding operation and has some limited lines running at the plastics plant. It still is trying to determine the full extent of the damage and what it must repair. Other sites can take over compounding operations if needed, Cocco said.
Both companies said customers understood their situation.
Rhoda Miel writes for Plastics News, a sister publication of Automotive News.