GM resumes production at 4 plants after parts shortage

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Monday it has resumed production at four North American assembly plants after it had to idle them for two weeks because of a parts shortage following recent earthquakes in Japan.

GM spokesman Tom Wickham said production at the company’s Spring Hill plant in Tennessee; Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas; Lordstown plant in Ohio and Oshawa Flex plant in Ontario resumed Monday. The plants had been down since April 25.

Wickham said GM has not had any inventory issues.

The Spring Hill plant is building the new 2017 Cadillac XT5, which is launching now. Cadillac sales were down 28.9 percent in the U.S. last month due mostly to selling down the old SRX and ramping up production of the XT5.

The Lordstown plant also is building GM’s new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and the Fairfax plant is building GM’s new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.

GM previously said it did not expect the temporary shut down of the plants to have any material impact on its North American production plans for the full year nor did it expect any material impact to second quarter of 2016 results for GM North America.

GM did not disclose the parts affected, but UAW Local 1112, which represents workers at Lordstown, said on Facebook that the downtime was due to an electrical parts shortage.

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