Business owners in Georgetown worry over possible Toyota shutdown

GEORGETOWN, KY (FOX19) - Toyota Motor Corp. is anticipating a shutdown of all of it's North American factories, including it's plant in Georgetown, Ky., due to a shortage of parts.

Toyota cars and trucks built in the U.S. get about 15 percent of their parts from Japan.

The devastation in Japan from the earthquake and tsunami is taking it's toll on Toyota, putting the brakes on production and worrying business owners in Georgetown.

Frank West owns and operates Fat Boys BBQ, not far from the Toyota plant.

He says about 25 percent of his business is from Toyota employees.

"They run this town, if something happens to them this town will be under," says West. "If they don't work, they ain't got a check coming in, they're not going to spend the money they got in their pocket."

At the Clip and Curl, stylists say more than half of its customers have a Toyota connection and even the talk of a potential shutdown makes people nervous.

"It's scary because even the economy has affected us and you got something as big as Toyota in this town, it could really make us go under," says Debbie Cox, owner of the Clip and Curl.

Toyota says no official decision has been made yet and there is no set date for when or how long a shutdown would last.

But Toyota says it will still provide employment, people will not lose their jobs.

The auto maker says during non-production time, employees will have three options. They can a.) report to work to focus on training and improving plant operations, b.) use vacation or c.) take unpaid time off.

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