Due to shortages in parts as a result of a fire at one of Magna International Inc.'s key interior parts factories, General Motors Co. canceled shifts at six of its assembly plants and Mazda has slowed Mazda's production at the AutoAlliance factory in Flat Rock, Mich., which rolls out the Mazda6 and the Ford Mustang.
The supplier said that 40% of the 187,000-square-foot Howell, Mich., plant was damaged and about a quarter of the product lines at the Magna Atreum are out of commission. The factory supplies the door panels, interior trim and instrument panels to GM, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., Mazda and Nissan.
It took almost a day to extinguish the fire, which began on Wednesday afternoon. Magna spokeswoman Tracy Fuerst said that Magna officials went inside the plant around 4 p.m. Thursday, after firefighters completed extinguishing all the hot spots.
She said that officials are checking the lines that were destroyed and determining the carmakers that are affected. She also said that there are no reported injuries and so far, they have to come up with an estimate of the property damage.
Fuerst said that Magna has restoration teams in the plant to clean up and that Magna is still working on its recovery plan. In some areas of the building, the roof had collapsed and so the extent of damage to these portions has yet to be assessed. [via autonews]