German supplier ZF Group has been able to keep up production of axles at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, factory in the two days since UAW workers began striking there, allowing nearby production of key Mercedes-Benz models to continue.
"We are still running and in fact stable," ZF spokesperson Tony Sapienza wrote in an email on Friday, adding that there have been "no interruptions" to Mercedes production.
It was not immediately clear how the plant is operating despite the strike. Sapienza declined to comment when asked if the company was relying on salaried or temporary workers to keep up production.
About 190 UAW members walked off the job on Wednesday at ZF's chassis systems plant in Tuscaloosa after they voted down a contract offer from ZF. The strike raised the possibility of new-vehicle production being slowed down or stopped at Mercedes' Vance, Ala., assembly plant, which receives front and rear axles from ZF.