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GM’s Fort Wayne plant halted by chip shortage

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021

Source: The Journal Gazette

GM’s Fort Wayne assembly plant will halt production next week because of the global semiconductor chip shortage, a company spokesman confirmed today.

The Fort Wayne plant will be idled beginning Monday and is expected to resume regular production August 2, spokesman David Barnas said. The Fort Wayne plant assembles Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

The Silao Assembly in Mexico will also be idled next week and the Flint Assembly plant in Michigan will operate on one production shift beginning Monday. Both of those plants also are expected to resume regular production August 2.

GM said the scheduling adjustments are being driven by temporary parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing COVID-19-related restrictions.

“The global semiconductor shortage remains complex and very fluid, but GM’s global purchasing and supply chain, engineering and manufacturing teams continue to find creative solutions and make strides working with the supply base to minimize the impact to our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers,” GM said in a statement.

“In addition, this period will provide us with the opportunity to complete unfinished vehicles at the impacted assembly plants and ship those units to dealers to help meet the strong customer demand for our products.”