GM Cutting Shifts Due to Parts Supplier Fire

General Motors announced it is canceling production shifts at assembly plants in Flint, Michigan and Lordstown, Ohio, and is making changes at several others because of a fire at an auto parts plant in Michigan that makes interior components for a number of automakers.

Among the other plants involved in production cuts we will also mention Arlington, Texas, Detroit-Hamtramck, Lansing Delta Township in Michigan, Fort Wayne and Oshawa Consolidated in Canada. The automaker has stated its is shortening shifts, rescheduling production and changing overtime plans until the problem is solved.

"General Motors is working to manage production issues at numerous plants," an official statement made by the company says. "We are working closely with the supplier to look at alternatives in an effort to resume production as quickly as possible."

All this was caused by a fire that started on Wednesday evening at Magna Atreum in Livingston County's Howell Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. By Thursday afternoon, firefighters had already cleared the way for Magna personnel and repair crews to start assessing damage and doing what is necessary to restart operation.

According to company spokeswoman Tracy Fuerst, about a quarter of the production floor and 40% of the total factory was affected by the fire, adding that she was impressed with the work the firefighters did. The company’s employees are currently hard at work trying to figure out how long it will take for production to resume and whether other Magna plants can fill some of the gap in supply.

GM has stated that the 2,100 employees building Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD trucks in Lordstown, Ohio, will stay home today.

Magna makes dashboards, consoles, door panels and other parts for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan and Mazda vehicles.
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