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GM Shuts Down 4 N. American Plants- Can't Get Japanese Parts

  • John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    General Motors is shutting down four plants in North America. The U.S. plants in Spring Hill, Tenn, Lordstown, Ohio, and Fairfax, Kan., as well as the Oshawa Plant in Canada. The reason is that General Motors cannot get parts critical to the vehicles manufactured there because they are made in Japan. A series of earthquakes hit the Japanese island of Kyushu earlier this month. Many news outlets reported on the effect that the earthquake would have on Japanese manufacturers like Toyota and Nissan. Few pointed out that General Motors relies on parts from Japanese suppliers for its North American-built vehicles.

GM said in a statement, “As GM continues to assess the potential impact on its supply chain from the recent earthquakes in Japan, it is taking proactive steps to mitigate a part supply issue and is adjusting production schedules at four of its North American assembly facilities.” The shut-downs are temporary and not expected to have any major impact on the full year's production numbers.

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