General Motors shut down the Lansing Grand River plant at the beginning of March due to the global semiconductor chip shortage. The plant stayed offline for the rest of March and has remained idle for all of April as the automaker continued to grapple with a shortage of microchips.
Some areas of the plant are now set to be brought back online on May 3rd, according to Automotive News, with full production to slowly return throughout the month. The GM Lansing Grand River plant is a 3.4 million square foot facility sitting on 111 acres of land in central Michigan. The facility builds the Chevy Camaro sports coupe, along with the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 luxury sedans.
GM said previously that it would prioritize its most popular vehicles amid the semiconductor chip shortage, which include the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks and its line of full-size SUVs. Despite its best efforts, the automaker was forced to build some examples of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra without Active Fuel Management (AFM) and Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) in order to save some of its chip supply and keep the production lines up and running. Similarly, the automaker was forced to cancel some orders for the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL earlier in the year due to the chip shortage as it was unable to fulfill orders for vehicles equipped with Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and the Max Trailering Package.
Other GM plants that have been forced to take downtime amid the chip shortage include the CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario, Fairfaix Assembly plant in Kansas and San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico. The automaker’s Bupyeong Assembly plant in South Korea has also taken intermittent downtime in recent months but returned to its regularly scheduled work procedures last week.
GM isn’t the only automaker to be negatively affected by the global microchip shortage, with Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen AG, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Corporation, and Subaru Corporation also reducing output as a result of the shortage, among others.