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GM to lose a week of crossover production due to parts shortage

GM to lose a week of crossover production due to parts shortage

Jamie LaReau
Automotive News | October 28, 2009 – 4:58 pm EST


DETROIT — General Motors Co. is shutting down its plant in Delta Township, Mich., for one week starting Monday, Nov. 2, because of a “critical parts shortage,” a GM spokeswoman said today.

GM builds the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers there. GM is also retooling it to add Chevrolet Traverse production.

GM builds about 900 Enclaves and Acadias a day, or about 3,600 in a four-day, 10-hour-shift week. The plant is on a two-shift schedule, said Heidi Magyar, GM spokeswoman.

About 2,700 hourly and salaried employees will be laid off for the week. Some skilled trades workers will continue to retool the plant for the Traverse.

“At this time we anticipate only being down one week,” Magyar says. “We’ll continue to monitor the situation and notify employees.”

Magyar declined to say which critical part or supplier was causing the problem.

According to the Automotive News data center, as of Oct. 1 GM had a 63-day supply of Enclaves and a 94-day supply of Acadias.

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