The ongoing microchip shortage has wreaked havoc across the auto industry, and despite its size, General Motors is no exception. According to a report from the Lansing State Journal, the automaker is extending a facility closure at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant.
The Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant currently produces the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave SUVs, and was originally scheduled to be shut for only two weeks due to microchip shortages. That pause started on July 19, then was extended to August 9 and has now been delayed further, pushing the date that employees can return to work to at least August 23.
Over 1,000 employees are out of work from the facility, but it at least appears that General Motors’ other idled plants are moving toward reopening. The automaker announced that its three North American truck plants would resume production on August 16. The Flint Assembly, Fort Wayne Assembly, and Silao Assembly in Mexico, which build the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado are scheduled to reopen on that date.
It’s unclear if there will be another extension of the Lansing Delta Township closure, but the chip shortage’s impact can already be seen across General Motors’ vehicle catalog. A quick cruise through the configuration tool pages for various vehicles reveals that some features may be delayed or unavailable completely as GM struggles to keep pace with customer demand. GM-Trucks has reported on this issue several times, as vehicles lose more and more features to the chip shortage