GM Plants Cancel More Shifts After Fire at Parts Supplier


A fire at a Michigan auto-parts suppliers' plant means workers at General Motors' (GM) Lordstown Assembly factory in Ohio will have the day off Monday.

Lordstown, where the automaker builds its popular Chevrolet Cruze compact, is one of six GM plants affected by the fire at the Magna International (MGA) manufacturing plant in Howell, Mich., last week, The Detroit News reported.

GM will resume production at Lordstown on Tuesday morning late Monday, following a five-day shutdown, The Plain Dealer in nearby Cleveland reported.

As of Friday, GM had canceled or shortened shifts at five other plants, including its Detroit-Hamtramck, Flint Assembly and Lansing Delta Township plants. The automaker said it was running shorter shifts, rescheduling production and changing overtime plans at plants.

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Officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze, while Magna officials assess damage and make contingency plans to supply seats and other interior parts to their customers.

The fire damaged about 40% of the facility, but only 25% of the damage affected production, a Magna spokeswoman told the News.

Magna also supplies parts to Ford Motor (F) and Chrysler Group, neither of which expect production to be affected by the Magna plant fire.

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