Wednesday, 17 February 2021 16:29

GM Idles Shifts at 4 Factories Amid Arctic Blast; 8,000 Workers Affected

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
Cadillac Escalades roll off the assembly line June 25, 2019, at Arlington Assembly. Cadillac Escalades roll off the assembly line June 25, 2019, at Arlington Assembly. Mike Stone for GM


...six vehicles and several engines, employing 6,700 workers. It, along with three other facilities in Tennessee and Mississippi, were shut down for Feb. 15.


Toyota Motor Manufacturing builds the Tundra and Tacoma pickups in San Antonio. The automaker stopped production Feb. 15 for “the safety of our employees. We do expect to resume normal operations when the roads and weather conditions are safe,” said Kelly Stefanich, Toyota spokeswoman.


Stellantis, formerly called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, did not immediately provide a status on its North American production.


Volkswagen builds the Passat sedan and Atlas SUV at its Chattanooga Assembly plant. A Volkswagen spokesperson did not reply immediately for comment on its production plans.


At GM's Arlington Assembly, GM canceled the third shift Feb. 14, which ran from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.. On Feb. 15, GM canceled the first shift that runs dayside from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and later called off the second shift, which runs 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Barnas said. GM's plans for third shift would be considered later that day, he said.


The Lone Star state is being hard hit by snow and power outages, said an employee at Arlington Assembly, who asked to not be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.


“It’s 5 degrees with a wind chill of minus-10 degrees," said the employee. "The roads are very bad. We don’t have snowplows here like they do in Michigan. Texas always waits till after the fact." 


Texas is seeing some of its coldest temperatures in more than three decades, with some areas breaking records that are more than a century old, according to the BBC. Parts of Texas hit zero degrees on Feb. 14. On Feb. 12, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration and...

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