GM Louisiana truck plant to shutdown due to lacking parts

By on Mar 18, 2011 in Asia, Automobile, Business, United States Comments

General Motors (GM) announced on Thursday, March 17, 2011 that its truck plant in Louisiana will shutdown temporarily due to lacking parts coming from Japan.

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As published on its official website, GM said the truck production at Shreveport Assembly in Louisiana will shutdown starting the March 21, Monday, with no resume date mentioned.

The temporarily shutdown of GM Louisiana was admittedly due to the parts shortage prompted by the current crisis in Japan. Although all other plants in North America still have normal operations, Toyota and Suburu were reported to have slow down their production by cutting off their overtime.

The GM Louisiana plant, makers of pick-up trucks Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and employs nearly 1,000 hourly and salaried workers.

On the other hand, the company said they still have sufficient vehicles to supply its customers, while advising workers to check for updates for production schedules in the future.

“Like all global automakers, we will continue to follow the events in Japan closely to determine the business impact, working across the organization to maximize flexibility, supply the most critical operations, and effectively manage cost.” The GM announcement said.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Japan and their families as they work to recover from this disaster.” General Motors added.

In Japan, some automaker companies have also shutdown earlier, but Mitsubishi and Nissan were reported to have resume production but still uncertain if they will be back to normal continuously.

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