NIDEC Motor Corporation in Mena resumed normal operations on all shifts Monday after a brief precautionary shutdown.
NIDEC plant management was notified on April 8th than an employee in the Mena plant tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last in the plant on March 31st.
As a precautionary measure, all NIDEC employees were sent home on April 8th and the plant was closed for cleaning. The sanitizing process was repeated on Easter Sunday.
NIDEC plant manager Jim Stroope has been in contact with local health officials and the Mena plant is following published guidelines from the Arkansas Department of Health and the C.D.C.
In a news release to Pulse Multimedia, Stroope said: “The health and well-being of our employees and the community is our top priority. The plant continues to follow the C.D.C.’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 NIDEC Mena plant manufactures electrical motors, which have been designated as critical and essential infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.