NXP shuts two Austin plants as Texas reels from winter storm

FILE PHOTO: A man works on a tent for NXP Semiconductors in preparation for the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada January 4, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo

(Reuters) - Chipmaker NXP Semiconductors said on Wednesday it had idled two manufacturing plants in Austin, Texas as a historic winter storm gripped much of the state, forcing utility companies to curb their services.

“Austin-area utility providers are prioritizing service to residential areas,” the company said in a statement, adding that it was notifying affected customers of potential supply disruptions.

The winter storm in Texas has killed at least 21 people, left millions of Texans without power and spun killer tornadoes into the U.S. Southeast on Tuesday.

Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru