Shimano will be temporarily suspending operations at its Ladson, S.C., facility with Hurricane Dorian expected to impact the greater Charleston, S.C., area later this week.
Shimano made the announcement via press release this afternoon.
“Safety is always the number one concern for all our Team Shimano members, and many have already left the area to get further inland and away from Hurricane Dorian,” said Penina Joseph, Shimano’s vice president of corporate communications. “We are closed definitely through Thursday and will review our Friday plans tomorrow afternoon.”
The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning from the Daytona Beach, Fla., area all the way north to the North Carolina-Virginia border along with a storm surge warning. As a result, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered mandatory evacuations along the state's coastal region.
Shimano’s Irvine, Calif., distribution center will receive and fulfill diverted orders during the shutdown. Both the North Charleston and Irvine facilities stock all Shimano fishing brands, including G. Loomis rods, PowerPro braid and Jackall lures.
Joseph said Shimano will keep all its customers as informed as possible to when its South Carolina operations resume normal functions.