General Motors has announced that it will cancel three planned overtime production shifts scheduled for this coming weekend at the GM Arlington production facility in Texas. The Arlington plant is the facility responsible for production of the GM full-size SUV lineup. The canceled overtime production is reportedly the result of a parts shortage stemming from a Mexico supply issue.
According to a recent report from The Detroit News, General Motors sent out an alert earlier today informing employees that three overtime production shifts scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 14th, had been called off.
“Regular production is not impacted, and the plant will resume normal operations on Monday, November 16,” said GM Spokesman David Barnas in a statement to The Detroit News. “GM’s supply chain, engineering and manufacturing team continue to work closely with our suppliers to minimize any parts disruption.”
The GM Arlington plant has been hard at work churning out next-generation GM full-size SUV models since this summer, including the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, the 2021 GMC Yukon / Yukon XL, and the 2021 Cadillac Escalade / Escalade ESV.
Earlier this week, General Motors was forced to halt production of the new Chevrolet Corvette C8 at its production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, also due to parts shortages. Production at the Bowling Green facility is expected to resume on Monday.
As a reminder, the GM full-size SUV was completely overhauled for the 2021 model year. Both the next-gen GM full-size SUV lineup and the new C8 Corvette are in high demand.
Although General Motors declined to provide any details on the latest supply chain issue, the parts shortages are believed to stem from new restrictions in Mexico put in place following a rise in COVID-19 cases. As The Detroit News points out, the northern Mexican state of Durango and the border state of Chihuahua are on red alert following a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations.