Warren — Full production has resumed at the Warren Stamping Plant early Thursday after a gas leak forced a brief, partial evacuation, officials said.
Production resumed just before 8:45 a.m. after the leak was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the plant, located at 22800 Mound Road, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said.
The leak occurred after a forklift struck a natural gas line in the assembly area of the plant, Tinson said.
Plant employees were able to shut off the gas to the affected pipe, but fire department officials who responded recommended the area be evacuated.
Employees moved from the assembly area into the plant’s press area, where production was not affected by the leak.
Consumer’s Energy spokeswoman Debra Dodd said plant officials will be responsible for repairs to the pipe.
“Anything past the meter is the customer’s responsibility,” she said. “We’ll make it safe, and then they’ll go ahead and get repairs done.”
The 66-year-old plant provides parts stamped from sheet metal — hoods, roofs, liftgates, side apertures, fenders and floor pans — for vehicles including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Durango and Dart; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Chrysler Town & Country; and Ram trucks.
The stamping plant employs nearly 2,000 workers and produces about 80 million parts a year.