GM idles four plants in wake of Japanese earthquake

General Motors is idling several plants in North American in the wake of the earthquakes in Japan due to expected parts shortages from Japanese suppliers.

Starting Monday, four of GM's plants will go idle for two weeks. They consist of the plant in Spring Hill, TN, where the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia are made; Oshawa, Ontario, which handles production of the Chevy Impala, the Buick Regal, and the Cadillac XTS; the Chevy Cruze plant in Lordstown, OH; and the site near Kansas City in Fairfax, KS, that produces the Chevy Malibu and Buick LaCrosse.

Although the idling of these four plants is sure to affect the supply of the models built there, models like the Impala and Cruze are also assembled elsewhere. But if you're waiting on delivery of a new Malibu, Regal, XTS, or XT5, you may end up having to wait a little longer. Assembly of the Camaro recently moved from Oshawa to Lansing, and production of the LaCrosse is similarly shifting from Kansas to Hamtramck. The Acadia recently moved from Lansing to the Spring Hill plant affected by the supply issue.

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DETROIT– 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 manufacturing operations at the following GM North America assembly facilities are currently expected to be down for two weeks beginning April 25, 2016: Spring Hill, Tenn.; Oshawa Flex Assembly, Canada; Lordstown, Ohio; and Fairfax, Kan.

This temporary adjustment is not expected to have any material impact on GM's full-year production plans in North America. In addition, the company does not expect a material impact to its second quarter or full-year financial results for GM North America.

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