GM Cancels Flint Shifts After Parts Supplier Fire 3-03-2011 - WNEM TV 5

GM Cancels Flint Shifts After Parts Supplier Fire 3-03-2011

General Motors says it's canceled production shifts at its Flint Assembly plant for Friday because of a fire at an auto parts plant in Michigan that makes interior components for a number of automakers.
This impacts most of the 2,100 employees at the plant, which builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HDs.
Other GM plants impacted by Wednesday evening's fire include Arlington, Texas; Detroit-Hamtramck; Lansing Delta Township in Michigan; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Oshawa Consolidated in Canada. GM said it was running shorter shifts, rescheduling production and changing overtime plans at plants.
"General Motors is working to manage production issues at numerous plants," GM said in a statement. "We are working closely with the supplier to look at alternatives in an effort to resume production as quickly as possible."
Engine and stamping plants also may adjust their schedules, GM said.
The blaze began Wednesday evening at Magna Atreum in Livingston County's Howell Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Crews continued to work Thursday afternoon to put out hot spots, Magna said.
GM production in Lordstown, Ohio, which has about 4,150 hourly workers building the Chevrolet Cruze compact car, was suspended indefinitely effective Friday morning. At Flint Assembly, GM said most of the 2,100 employees building Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD trucks will stay home Friday. Production at the Flint plant was expected to resume Monday, GM said.
Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC said Thursday they didn't have production issues related to the fire, but were monitoring the situation. Chrysler said the parts plant makes interior components for its Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio; and plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario.
Magna Atreum employees were evacuated when the blaze was discovered, but no injuries were reported. Production was temporarily halted at the 187,000-square-foot plant that employs about 450 and makes dashboards, consoles, door panels and other parts for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan and Mazda vehicles.
Messages seeking information on whether Nissan and Mazda production were affected were sent to the automakers.
Magna said it wasn't immediately clear what had set off the fire. A message seeking updated information was left with fire officials. Magna Atreum is part of Aurora, Ontario-based Magna International Inc.
"We consider our suppliers part of our extended family, so we're very grateful that no one was injured," Chrysler said.
After they get permission from fire officials, the company planned to inspect the plant to determine how long production might be halted and the extent of the damage, Magna spokeswoman Tracy Fuerst said. It was impossible to say from the outside how badly the plant was damaged, she said.
"Until we can get in there we just can't tell," she said.
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