The Japan earthquake and tsunami tragedy proved that disruptions at a few key suppliers could wreak havoc on the delicate auto supply chain. That point has again been proven, as weather-related flooding at a automotive carpet supplier has lead to decreased production at six North American plants.

Automotive News reports that Swiss supplier Autoneum Holding AG is dealing with a flooded facility in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and select General Motors and Chrysler plants are feeling the pinch. Chrysler and GM each decreased the line rates at three key plants. The carpet shortage will affect several models, including hot-selling product like the Chevrolet Equinox and Camaro (interior seen above), the Cadillac CTS, the Chrysler 200 and 300 and the Dodge Charger.

Ford hasn't yet adjusted production at any facilities, but the automaker says it is closely monitoring the situation. Autoneum Holding also makes carpeting for Toyota and Volkswagen at the flooded Pennsylvania plant.

While GM and Chrysler are likely less than thrilled that they've needed to adjust production, we're guessing that the issue will be resolved before any product shortages affect sales. But if the carpet plant doesn't come back on line soon, the problem could only get worse.


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      Alfa Pete
      • 3 Years Ago
      The down side of just-in-time inventory. Back in the day, the big 3-1/2 would have had enough carpet on hand to weather (no pun intended) this temporary shortage.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      "But if the carpet plant doesn't come back on line soon, the problem could only get worse." I agree with your conclusion.
      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      I work at this factory and we are busting our butts to get this cleaned up and back running again. It was not the river that flooded us first, it was a little creek (Fishing Creek) across town that has been building up with sediment and has several "islands" located in it now. Somebody has to get this creek cleaned up and soon, sure it was a freakish weather event with all the rain running right over us but this creek can't handle much more than 2-3 inches of rain. The 2006 was a warning shot for Bloomsburg with Fishing Creek, and now it is obvious that a Fishing Creek flood project should be just as important as the Susquehanna River flood wall. We have great workers who care about what they produce and this carpet factory has been here since the 1800's and we dont plan on giving up on our jobs.
      reattadudes
      • 3 Years Ago
      ah, the efficiencies of the "just in time" deliveries that US automakers copied from the Japanese. interruption in the supply pipeline=immediate production issues.
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those interior are f.k. UGLY.
      Mark_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's time to go back to vinyl interiors anyway
      rstang42
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too f'ing easy to make the carpet here in the USA? Maybe somewhere centrally located in the U.S. . Like where there are easy access for trains and highways and nowhere near a massive amount of water. Leave it to the autocomapines to get their supplies from earthquake prone parts of the world.
        LostBoyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rstang42
        Reading comprehension isn't too good around here. The plant is in PA.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Appears the Interior Design team was short handed as well. That's one ugly inside!!
        Dvanos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Tell me about it, that steering wheel looks like it suffers from down syndrome.
      Bryan Riddle
      • 3 Years Ago
      The japanese need their carpet for the pron industry
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish car companies would offer the option of a soft rubber covering instead of carpet. Easier to clean and much more durable.
      MOJO Motors
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somebody get a hold of Burt Reynolds. He should have some carpet to spare. http://cdn.thegloss.com/files/2011/06/reynolds-490x471.jpg
      • 3 Years Ago
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