A surprise fire engulfed close to half of the 187,000 square -foot assembly plant belonging to Magna International earlier today in Howell, Michigan that has put several automakers, including General Motors, in a situation that hinders their pace to assemble vehicles. Currently, the cause of the fire is unknown and none of the 450 employees working inside the plant were hurt. Reports claim that seven General Motors plants are either shortening shifts, rescheduling overtime or — in the case of Lordstown assembly — shutting down until further notice.
Sources within Lordstown assembly inform us that work at the plant will be temporarily suspended starting 7AM tomorrow morning because of the fire. Other GM assembly plants affected include Arlington, TX, Lansing-Delta, MI, Fort Wayne, IN, and Oshawa, ON, where they all will at least be rescheduling overtime. Additionally, UAW workers will be paid during the downtime.