GM extends production cuts amid semiconductor chip shortage

GM extends production cuts amid semiconductor chip shortage
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General Motors is extending production cuts at plants in North America amid a shortage of semiconductor chips.

David Barnas, a spokesperson for GM, confirmed to The Hill that its plant in Wentzville, Mo., which manufactures Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks, will close temporarily from next Monday through April 5.

Barnas also confirmed that GM will extend the closure at its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan to April 12. The plant, which manufactures the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 and Chevrolet Camaro, has been shuttered since March 15

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Meanwhile, GM’s San Luis Potosi Assembly plant in Mexico, which has been closed since the week of Feb. 8, will resume production the week of April 5. That plant manufactures the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain sport utility vehicles.

“GM continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers,” Barnas said in a statement. “GM has not taken downtime or reduced shifts at any of its full-size truck or full-size SUV plants due to the shortage.”

The changes are the latest that the automaker has had to make as it grapples with the shortage of semiconductors, which are critical for vehicle components like infotainment systems, power steering and brakes.

Earlier this month, GM extended the Mexico facility's closure through at least the end of March, and those at its plants in Fairfax, Kan., and Ontario, Canada through mid-April.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Ford Motor Co. was cutting output of the Transit van at its Kansas City, Mo., plant due to the shortage. Honda Motor Co is also cutting North American production due to shortage and other supply-chain issues.