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GM to shutter Missouri pickup plant, extend Lansing plant shutdown due to chip shortage

Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

—Since Feb. 8: CAMI, Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada: About 1,500 hourly workers build the Chevrolet Equinox SUV.

—Since Feb. 8: San Luis Potosí, Mexico: Builds Chevrolet Equinox and Trax and GMC Terrain SUVs. It comes back up to two-shifts of production the first week of April.

—Since March 15: Lansing Grand River: About 1,400 workers build the Cadillac CT4, Cadillac CT5 and Chevrolet Camaro. It remains down until mid-April.

GM said production at Lansing Grand River, Fairfax and CAMI will be shuttered until mid-April. GM had initially intended to resume production at Lansing Grand River by the end of March.

Additionally, GM’s Gravatai plant in Brazil will take downtime in April and May. The Gravatai factory, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, builds the Chevrolet Onix, which is a top-selling car in South America.

In South Korea, GM's Bupyeong 2 plant has been operating at half-capacity since Feb. 8. GM builds the Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Encore vehicles there.

 

Pickups protected?

In a bold statement to Wall Street on Feb. 10, GM CEO Mary Barra said industry-wide shortage of semiconductor chips will not affect production of GM's highly profitable pickups and SUVs this year.

"Rest assured the semiconductor shortage won’t slow our growth plan. We anticipate a strong year ahead," Barra told reporters.

Barra said GM would try to protect pickups and full-size SUVs from any impact from the chip shortage. But the shortage could cost GM up to $2 billion in lost earnings this year. Barra said GM expected chip supplies to return to normal in the second half of the year.

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