The Lansing Grand River plant has been dark since May 10th, when GM was forced to shut the facility down due to a lack of semiconductor chips. The facility will partially reopen on August 17th to begin production of the 2022 Chevy Camaro, but the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5 line will not restart until two weeks later.
While the facility has remained mostly dark since May, it has been building small numbers of the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing in recent weeks. Production of the Blackwing ultra-performance sedans began on July 5th.
GM has been grappling with a shortage of semiconductor chips this year, which has hampered the automaker’s production output and forced it to temporarily idle several of its North American plants. The automaker is prioritizing its chips for its most popular and profitable vehicles, which include full-size trucks like the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, as well as its line of full-size SUVs.
The Lansing Grand River plant is a 3.4 million square-foot facility that sits on 111 acres of land in central Michigan. The assembly plant employs 1,221 hourly workers and 196 salaried workers for a total workforce size of 1,417. Workers there are represented by UAW Local 652.
In addition to Lansing Grand River, several other GM plants have also experienced intermittent shutdowns due to the chip shortage this year, including Spring Hill Assembly in Tennessee, Fairfax Assembly in Kansas and San Luis Potosí Assembly in Mexico, among others.