• Apr 18, 2010
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General Motors' Shreveport, Louisiana plant has apparently been hit with another bit of bad news out of China. Shreveport's KSLA TV is reporting that a batch of contaminated microchips from China will halt production at the plant the week of April 19. Not only that, the chip issue is also expected to impair GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado production in Europe and at the Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.

A supplier in North Carolina provides brake control modules for the trucks, and that supplier gets chips for the modules from a supplier in China. It was the North Carolina company that informed GM of the contaminated parts. Even when Hummer had a chance of continuing, Shreveport was headed for closure and "bad asset" status, but this news doesn't help.



[Source: KSLA TV]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      So many of you people are hitting the nail on the head but you don't know what the head is.You got one person saying get rid of the unions and that will get us more jobs.With a little knowledge you would see getting rid of the unions is what caused these problems.Unions are american workers who joined together utilzing their right under federal law to unionize for better wages,pensions and benefits.Some of you got it in your heads that unions are big mafia run businesses by watching old Jimmy Hoffa clips.After the great depression in 1929 there were rich and poor.I know because I was there.Workiing americans began unionizing.Yes they asked for the rule of thumb 10% of an owners profits as is today.It kept workers pay abreast of inflation.The workers began to have money left over to spend on the economy.With the workers contract with the owners,the owners began to make more profit.The owners began to expand whichcreated more jobs and more people had money to spend on the economy.Thus the owners and the country began to flourish and prosper.And America became the richest,most powerfullest nation in the world.Now that the companies had gotten so large,brought forth corporate america.Our nations downfall.Owners began hiring management firms and ceos to run their companies for them.They consume 25-35% of an owners profits.They allow the owners the benefits of enjoying the corporate status and using the corporate tax loopholes for profit.Many owners from that point on are not allowed to be in charge or have a seat on the board of directors.These mega giants have arrived.To offset the profits to the owner and to condone their own salaries,they attacked the unions with full intent to destroy them.And without the unions,there is nothing between them and minimum wage.Now only 12% of working americans are union.But they are blamed for these corporations utilizing cheap labor overseas.The middleclass is almost gone once again.Guess what happens next?The trade agreements have opened a floodgate.These ceos utilize their stature to move materials abroad,utilizing cheap labor, and returning them here for assembly thereby avoiding excise and import taxes of america.Congress won't touch trade agreements because of their own financial gains abroad.And Obama said he wouldn't either.Somebody better.Those corporations are not paying corporate taxes because of the ceos giving them a certain corporate class status which makes taxpayers and shareholders pay it for them.And they collect the profits.This opens a 2 way street.This allows other countries to step in and buy failing companies that are being milked dry byceos and corporate america.Our steel mills and autogroups want union workers.They are guaranteed under contract with american workers to keep the trained people to insure their production is met.Or they will fall to be bought out by foreign investors.America has 23 blast furnaces to make iron which is converted to steel.As of 2005, China has over 3,000 flooding world markets with their cheap crap steel.And they never bought one pound from america.And that is illegal free trade.And US Steel stands alone to fight the chinese in world courts about it without the backing of our own congress.Pathetic,utterly pathetic.Congress better hope that we don't go to war with China.We will have to buy the crap steel from them to build our planes and ships first.
      treedeco
      • 4 Years Ago
      When will American companies learn?.......Almost NOTHING "Made In China" is good. Chinese workers are basically factory slaves with slave wages, and their work quality is HORRID!!! Of the hundreds of manufacturers is China, maybe a handful make good products. ALL the rest make GARBAGE!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It sounds like the Quality control IS working at GM.
      They stopped the line and are replacing the parts BEFORE manufacturing the vehicle.
      Good things...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm assuming they went into the trucks and failed initial testing in a fairly obvious way. Even Honda lets bad chips go out the door if they don't fail post assembly testing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        tankd0g:
        The article clearly indicates the supplier who makes the subassemblies using these chips informed GM that the chips were not good.

        It wasn't the chip maker who found the problem. And it appears the problem was found before GM put the subassemblies in the vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When are companies going to learn not to
      buy anything from CHINA.
      Close down your plants and bring back Manufacturing back to the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How long yould a Union last in China?
      BigD
      • 4 Years Ago
      Never ever buy a car off the showroom floor. Wait for one with low miles that is at least two years old. First, you will get a price that is realistic. Second, you will have let time go by inorder to those less fortunate to work out all the bugs. And not at your expense. Never by a '0' mile car unless you are just plain stupid. In that case, I hope you can just keep buying new cars, rather than doing a $40 oil change.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BigD
        Wait.. what? Oh my God, who let my grandfather post something utterly ridiculous as this.
        Apparently, you haven't been in a NEW car lately. Maybe back in the 70s and 80s when everyone was building sh*t I could see this way of thinking, but seriously... now?
        Go back to your assisted living facility and take that mentality with you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not having read every post here,I don't know how many if any feel the way I do. But, I think we should drop China as a favored trade partner and better yet not buy anything from them. Amost everything I have bought that was made in China either broke in a short time or was broken while still in the box
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well...... on the bright side....at least they caught it before assembly and sales...... unlike that other auto company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hats off to you for trying.Bad parts can happen to any company or country but it seems China has the bad everything from food to toys,when are our creedy companys going to learn.Roger smith stated in the 80s that he prefered to keep things in house but cost made GM seek cost first policy. Bring the work back to the USA
      • 4 Years Ago
      The present dark cloud of public opinion concerning unions is only partially justified. If it had not been for unions, the American worker would still be working for much lower pay and in far more dangerous conditions. The recent tragic loss of life in the Massey coal mines will attest to this fact. Corporate owners are only interested in making money and fighting regulations. If they had been unionized, those hundreds of violations would not have lead to so many deaths. Sure, unions have been greedy, just as everything else under Capitalist rule. Remember it was the unions that made American workers the most prosperous in the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      (Forgot to use quotation marks)

      Quote: ""Oh yeah, while you are at it - put in motion an investigation into Ford, Firestone and NHTSA to determine why 279 lives were lost before anything was done about it.""




      Another internet myth.

      "Estimated" deaths were 119.

      The verified number from the class action suit was closer to 32.

      And yet the Explorer had virtually the same rollover death rate as any other SUV.

      Your comment reminds me of the case of the Ford Pinto.

      Actual deaths from rear end collision fires was about 27. And yet again, the Pinto had about the same death rate from that cause as any other compact car of that era.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another prime example of genuine GM JUNK. Lousy designs poor reliabilty and way over priced. And folks wonder why I switched to Nissan from Chevy after my 2 year old blazer cost me 6 grand in repairs that where not covered under warrenty EVEN though the dealer said they were a factory defect!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buy American!........and support Mexico, Europe and China!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should take your own advice.
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