Damaged Magna interiors plant resumes 80% production

Damaged Magna interiors plant resumes 80% production
Dustin Walsh
Automotive News | March 10, 2011 – 3:31 pm EST

DETROIT — The fire-damaged Magna International Inc. interiors plant in Michigan that caused production cuts last week at General Motors and Mazda is now operating at 80 percent production capacity, the company said late Wednesday.
The March 2 blaze at the Howell, Mich., operation damaged about 40 percent of the 187,000-square-foot plant.
As a result, General Motors Co. canceled production shifts at its plants in Lordstown, Ohio; Flint, Mich.; Delta Township, near Lansing; and Fort Wayne, Ind. Overtime shifts were canceled at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Arlington, Texas, plants. GM’s Oshawa, Ontario, plant also slowed its line in the wake of the fire.
Mazda Motor Corp. slowed output at the AutoAlliance joint venture factory in Flat Rock, Mich., which builds the Mazda6. AutoAlliance partner Ford Motor Co. also halted production of the Ford Mustang at the plant this week for an unrelated parts shortage.
It was not immediately clear today if all the GM plants affected by the supply chain disruption have resumed full operations. UAW Web sites and Facebook pages at most of the plants have indicated that full production has resumed this week. GM spokesman Chris Lee could not be reached for comment.
Mazda production was expected to resume Monday.
Magna said it reopened about half of the interiors plant and started producing parts over the weekend. It now is meeting all customer demand just six days after the fire — with the remaining 20 percent of production coming from Magna’s interiors plant in Holt, Mich.
All employees were called back to the Howell plant on Wednesday.

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