MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama auto makers are too busy making cars and engines to hold their regular quarterly meeting.
The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association has canceled its quarterly gathering, which was supposed to start Thursday in Montgomery. Executive director Lew Drummond says members couldn't afford to be away from plants because of intense production schedules.
Drummond says all of the state's major car plants and automotive suppliers are running three shifts, six or seven days a week. Because of that, he says the association had to cancel its meeting citing production demands for the first time ever.
Drummond estimates about 140,000 people now work in the state's automotive industry, which includes Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai and suppliers. Toyota also has an engine plant in Huntsville, and Kia suppliers are based in east Alabama.