Clark-Cutler-McDermott Co. of Franklin, Mass. has been GM’s only supplier for acoustic interior pieces and other various trims. Suddenly, the supplier filed for bankruptcy, sending its employees home. Adhering to the just-in-time supply chain, GM had no stockpile of parts. North American production was predicted to come to a halt.
GM obtained a court order for CCM to continue operating, which was successful in keeping production humming along, while both sides worked a deal. On Wednesday, July 13, GM had successfully gained access to CCM’s tooling during an emergency court hearing. Production has since continued, with no disruptions in the foreseeable future.
While it isn’t an ideal situation, GM is now responsible for moving and transferring the tooling, it was the only option as CCM seeks out a buyer for its belly-up business.