GM, Ford forced to cut shifts at Canadian assembly plants over bad weather

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2010

Because of weather-related road closings in Canada, General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. had to cancel or cut short its shifts at seven assembly plants.

The GM models whose production is affected include the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain compact sport-utility vehicles, the Chevrolet Impala sedan and Camaro coupe, and the Cadillac CTS and STS models.

Chris Lee, a GM spokesman, said that the Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich., which builds the CTS and STS, shut down due to a parts shortage caused by highway closings in Canada.

Lee didn’t identify the part. Jason Easton, a GM spokesman, also said that workers at GM's assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, were sent home early during the day shift and the late shift today was canceled.

He disclosed that starting Monday, GM shortened shifts at its CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The CAMI facility produces the Equinox and Terrain, and the Oshawa plant rolls out the Impala and Camaro.

In addition, GM had suspended output at a plant in Flint, Mich., that makes light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks due to a shortage of parts.

Ford halted output at two plants - Oakville Assembly and St. Thomas Assembly - in Ontario, and at a factory in Chicago. The models that are affected by the Ford shutdowns are the Ford Flex, Edge, Explorer and Lincoln MKX SUVs, and the Lincoln MKT crossover and MKS sedan. [via autonews - sub. required]

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