General Motors will restart production at its Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee one week ahead of schedule.
The automaker halted production at the Spring Hill facility on Monday due to a semiconductor shortage with the intention of idling the plant for up to two weeks. Spring Hill will now come back online next Monday, however – seven days earlier than previously thought. The Spring Hill plant produces the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 and GMC Acadia crossovers.
In addition, GM also cancelled a planned production pause for the Chevy Blazer at its Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico this week. The automaker was planning to halt production of the Blazer at the plant starting April 19th. The Chevy Equinox was set to remain in production at the facility while the Blazer line was paused.
The auto industry, GM included, has been grappling with supply shortages of microchips in recent months. In addition to Spring Hill, the automaker has also been forced to temporarily idle production at several of its other North American plants, including at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario, GM Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas and GM Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri, among others.
GM is focused on maintaining a strong supply of its most popular vehicles, like the Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup and Chevy Tahoe SUV, and is prioritizing chip availability for these vehicles while the chip shortage lasts.
“GM continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers,” the automaker said in a statement in March.
The Biden Administration, meanwhile, is looking into how it can prevent another similar chip shortage by investing in domestic infrastructure for semiconductor manufacturing. The president has proposed taking $50 billion out of his administration’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure package to help address the issue and bring more chip manufacturing capabilities to the United States. The majority of chips are currently manufactured abroad, mainly in Asian countries such as China, Taiwan and Korea.