General Motors has laid off roughly 170 employees from the GM Flint Engine Operations facility in Flint, Michigan, per a new report.
According to local CBS news affiliate WNEM, the layoffs at the General Motors facility were the result of a supply chain issue. According to a company spokesperson, Small Gas Engine (SGE) Operations are once again down at the Flint Engine plant this week, following production stoppages which occurred over the last two weeks.
Roughly 170 employees who worked on the SGE line were indefinitely laid off. General Motors said that it is issuing an update every Thursday on the following week’s schedule.
The General Motors Flint Engine Operations facility first opened in 2002, and spans some 1.17 million square feet. The facility builds the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX gasoline engine, which is equipped in the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers, as well as the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax, which is equipped on GM’s full-size trucks and next-gen full-size SUVs, including the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevy Suburban, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.
General Motors has experienced a number of production issues in the last several months. In addition a widespread North American production stoppage last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the automaker has also been forced to cut an estimated 60,000 vehicles from North American production as a result of an industry-wide shortage in semi-conductor chips. GM CEO Mary Barra previously issued a statement saying that the chip shortage would not affect production of high-profit models like GM’s full-size SUVs and trucks.
Most recently, General Motors was forced to cut shifts at several of its production facilities in southern and central states of the U.S. as a result of extreme winter weather last week. Furthermore, GM suspended production at its Silao plant in Mexico due to an ongoing shortage in natural gas in the region.