The snowstorm that wreaked havoc across the U.S. and some areas in Canada forced closures and parts shortages in auto plants but already, production has resumed in most of the affected auto plants. On Wednesday, the first shifts at 26 plants of Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. were canceled.
However, most were open for second or third shifts. Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have also reopened while Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant remained closed for the first shift on Friday due to blocked roads. Some automakers had to adjust shifts to make up for lost production.
For instance, at the Subaru plant in Lafayette, Ind., first shift employees began at 8 a.m. on Friday instead of 6 a.m. and will end work a bit later. Spokeswoman Jennifer McGarvey said that roads were clearer later in the morning. This plant builds the Outback, Legacy and Tribeca, and the Toyota Camry sedan.
The first shift of GM's Flint, Mich., assembly plant on Wednesday was shut down but it reopened for other shifts later. A first shift has been set for Friday, when the plant was scheduled to be closed. The Flint plant makes the Chevrolet Silverado HD crew cab and LD regular cab as well as the GMC Sierra HD crew cab and LD regular cab.
Parts of the operation line at Ford's Dearborn Engine Plant continued to operate on Wednesday while the rest of the plant was closed. The plant was expected to be down Friday, but it will be kept open to make up for the lost F-series chassis production. [via autonews - sub. required]