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Friday, 05 February 2021 19:21

GM to Idle 3 Plants in North America Due to Semiconductor Shortage

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
GM employees work on the assembly line April 26, 2019, at Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant in Kansas City, KS. GM employees work on the assembly line April 26, 2019, at Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant in Kansas City, KS. Jim Barcus for GM

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...Wentzville Assembly in Missouri and its full-size SUVs at Arlington Assembly in Texas.

 

All four plants will continue to run on three shifts and weekend overtime, Barnas said. GM builds the Corvette at Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky. 

 

GM's assembly plants in Lansing and other parts of Michigan will continue to operate regularly.

 

"Due to the fluidity around the availability of parts, our current plan is to update the plants each week," Barnas said. "Our intent is to make up as much production lost at these plants as possible. Importantly, this issue will not impact our commitment to an all-electric future."

 

Ford impact

 

GM will provide further details on the semiconductor issue when it reports its 2020 earnings Feb. 10. 

 

Ford has been hit hard by a global parts shortage with factory workers in several states receiving temporary layoffs or shift reductions. Ford has reduced shifts at its Michigan Dearborn Truck Plant, which employs 4,600 hourly workers and builds the 2021 F-150 pickup.

 

Likewise, it has shortened evening and day shifts at Kansas City Assembly, which employs 7,300 hourly workers and builds the F-150. At the Chicago Assembly Plant, which employs 5,300 hourly workers and builds the 2021 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator and Police Interceptor, Ford is expected to announce a potential production disruption.

 

Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant is down through Feb. 7 because of...


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