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GM halts full-size pickup production at 2 plants because of parts shortage

Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

For the first time this year General Motors will halt production of its full-size pickups at two U.S. plants.

GM said it is canceling overtime shifts this weekend at Flint Assembly and Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana due to a parts shortage.

Also, there will be no summer shutdown this year at the majority of GM's U.S. plants.

The automaker said it will run the majority of its car assembly plants in North America through the traditional two-week summer shutdown for the second year in a row.

GM hopes that it can recoup production losses over the summer brought on by the global shortage of semiconductor chips and winter storm disruptions at assembly plants this year.

GM spokesman David Barnas said the semiconductor shortage — brought on by increased demand during the pandemic for personal electronics that use the chips as well as various car parts that use them — is fluid.

 

"As we continue to manage the semiconductor impact on our plants, we are balancing parts availability with our ability to run efficiently for the entire week," Barnas said in an email. "With that, we have made relatively minor weekend production adjustments."

'A weekend off'

Early Friday afternoon, hourly workers at Flint knew "there was an issue brewing" with a supplier of parts that use the chips, UAW Local 598 Chairman Eric Welter told the Free Press.

By midafternoon it was confirmed that GM was canceling the weekend overtime shifts due to a parts shortage, Welter said.

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