General Motors will restart production at its Wentzville Assembly facility in Missouri, starting Monday, April 12th. The Wentzville facility produces the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado midsize pickup trucks, as well as the Chevy Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. The facility was initially idled on March 29th in response to the ongoing global shortage of semiconductor chips.
According to a recent report from Detroit Free Press, General Motors is moving the launch construction downtime forward at the Wentzville facility by two weeks, with plans to idle the plant between May 24th and July 19th. GM originally planned to restart production in June. According to the recent report, which cites a GM employee memo, moving the downtime ahead will allow General Motors additional time to produce vehicles and meet customer demand through the remainder of the 2021 calendar year.
Like the rest of the auto industry, General Motors is grappling with a global shortage in semiconductor chips. The chips are used for myriad features on modern automobiles, with a single car part using upwards of 1,500 chips, according to some estimates.
As covered previously, General Motors will halt production at its Spring Hill Assembly facility in Tennessee and Lansing Delta Township facility in Michigan as a result of the parts shortage, with the former idling as of Monday, April 12th, and the latter idling as of Monday, April 19th. It’s estimated that the Spring Hill facility will be down for two weeks, while the Lansing Delta Township facility will be down for a week.
In addition to the production stoppages mentioned above, General Motors is also curtailing production of the Chevy Blazer at its Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico, while existing production cuts will be extended at GM’s Fairfax Assembly and Stamping facility in Kansas, Lansing Grand River in Michigan, CAMI Ingersoll in Canada, Gravatai in Brazil, and Bupyeoung in South Korea.
GM’s rivals, including Stellantis and Ford, have also cut production as a result of the chip shortage.