GM Resuming Full Production Slate at Spring Hill on Monday; Three Other Plants to Follow
Due to a parts shortage created by last month’s earthquakes in Japan, General Motors idled four plants in North America—Spring Hill, Tennessee; Lordstown, Ohio; Fairfax, Kansas; and Oshawa, Ontario. On Thursday, the chairman of UAW 1853 told workers at Spring Hill to expect to start back on Monday.
According to The Columbia Daily Herald, UAW 1853 chairman Mike Herron wrote on his Facebook page that he met with GM’s senior leadership and it was determined that the plant will resume normal production on May 9th.
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“The electronic components that were unavailable due to impact to suppliers from earthquakes in Japan have been secured,” Herron wrote in his post. “Please plan on returning to work May 9 as you were scheduled prior to this part interruption. I will continue to update you on any additional information as it becomes available.”
According to GM Communications Manager Tom W. Wickham, plans call for the plants in Lordstown, Fairfax, and Oshawa to reopen shortly, though a specific date was not announced.
The two-week shutdown impacted nearly 2,000 workers at Spring Hill, where the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia are produced. Other models affected at the other three plants include the Chevrolet Impala, Cruze, and Malibu; Buick LaCrosse and Regal; and Cadillac XTS.
“Speaking on behalf of our membership, we are happy everyone is returning to work,” Herron said.
GM executives did not disclose to The Daily Herald which particular parts caused the shortage, though it was confirmed that powertrain production at Spring Hill was not affected.
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News Source: The Columbia Daily Herald