Covid-19: Caterpillar to temporarily suspend production at Springvale

Caterpillar is to suspend production at its Springvale plant in Belfast for a three-week period.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 6:52 pm
Caterpillar factory in Larne. INLT-36-704-con

The company confirmed the temporary measure will take effect from Monday, April 6 through to April 24.

A spokesperson for Caterpillar said: “Impacted employees will now be furloughed in line with the UK Government Job Retention Scheme for this entire period.”

The American giant’s factory in Larne remains open.

The spokesperson added: “Customers use our machines, engines, generator sets and parts to provide electric and stand-by power for hospitals, grocery stores and data centres; they transport food and critical supplies on the roads and rails; they mine essential commodities and extract the fuels to enable stable electricity; and much more.

“The Caterpillar facility in Larne manufactures 4 gas powered and diesel driven generator sets.”

Last week the firm said staff safety is a “priority” after concerns were voiced around social distancing at the Larne operation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson for the company told this newspaper: “Caterpillar continues to operate its Larne facility while adhering to the Government’s guidance. Our employees’ safety, health and well-being remain a top priority.”