General Motors plans to flip the lights back on at four North American facilities, after idling each for two weeks following supplier issues and the Japanese earthquake.
GM put the Spring Hill, Tennessee, Lordstown, Ohio, Oshawa, Ontario and Fairfax, Kansas plants offline the past two weeks as it secured parts from suppliers.
“I just got out of a meeting with the senior leadership of General Motors,” Mike Herron, UAW Local 1853’s chairman, wrote on his Facebook page according to The Daily Herald. “We will be starting the [Spring Hill plant] up as planned on Monday, May 9.”
“The electronic components that were unavailable due to impact to suppliers from earthquakes in Japan have been secured. Please plan on returning to work May 9 as you were scheduled prior to this part interruption. I will continue to update you on any additional information as it becomes available.”
GM has not disclosed which parts were affected specifically, but merely stated the shutdowns were precautionary steps in an effort to evaluate the automaker’s supply chain.