FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The General Motors Fort Wayne assembly plant will halt some of its operations next week amid the global computer chip shortage.
In a message to employees sent on Wednesday, Fort Wayne GM Plant Executive Director Gary Duff said because of the semiconductor shortage the plant will need to halt some of its operations.
Workers not impacted by this halt include those who are salary, maintenance, final process, DVT, end of line drivers and care-line.
GM sent the following statement to FOX 55 regarding the temporary change in production:
“The global semiconductor shortage remains complex and very fluid, but GM’s global purchasing and supply chain, engineering and manufacturing teams continue to find creative solutions and make strides working with the supply base to minimize the impact to our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers.
These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by temporary parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing COVID-19-related restrictions. We expect it to be a near-term issue.
In addition, this period will provide us with the opportunity to complete unfinished vehicles at the impacted assembly plants and ship those units to dealers to help meet the strong customer demand for our products.”
In addition to the Fort Wayne plant, the cuts include GM’s pickup truck plants at Silao, Mexico, and Flint, Michigan.
The production pause will take effect next week starting Monday, July 26 and officials expect this to last no later than Aug. 2.