A recent fire at one of General Motors‘ supplier’s plants may have an impact on the automaker’s production output.
A large portion of the American Axle and Manufacturing plant in Malvern, Ohio was destroyed this week after an early-morning fire swept through the sprawling facility. The massive blaze required the assistance of 18 fire departments departments from three different counties and efforts to extinguish the inferno depleted the local water supply.
GM accounted for 37 percent of American Axle’s business last year, Automotive News reports, and is currently working to mitigate the impact the fire will have on its supply chain.
“Our thoughts are with the local community and everyone who has been affected by this tragic event,” a GM spokesman told AN in an emailed statement.”GM’s supply chain team is working closely with American Axle to develop contingency plans to mitigate any impact to parts supply and on our manufacturing operations.”
The plant was evacuated after the fire began to spread and no injuries were reported. The plant and related operations help to create jobs in the Malvern, Ohio region, however, and the fire may have a significant impact on the local economy. The plant currently employs 276 hourly and salaried employees.
“It’s going to have an effect. That impact is on our minds and we plan for these things,” Great Trails Fire District chief Ralph Castellucci told The Canton Repository this week. “This is worst-case scenario right now.”
It’s not clear which General Motors vehicles use American Axle products, nor which of its production facilities may be affected by any potential axle shortages. AN was also unable to verify if axles for any other manufacturers are built in the Malvern plant alongside General Motors products.